Throughout 2019, we have been supporting Theodora Children’s Charity. Theodora Children’s Charity believe that all children deserve laughter. The mission at the heart of their work is to contribute to the wellbeing of children in hospitals, hospices and specialist care centres by providing visits from professional performers who have been trained to work in a medical environment. Their Giggle Doctors visit children in hospitals, hospices and specialist care centres across England. By combining music, play, magic and storytelling these professional performers bring magical moments to brave children in challenging times. Theodora believe that every sick or disabled child should get the giggles that only a Giggle Doctor can bring. Although a Giggle Doctor visit may only last a few minutes, the effect it can have on a child can last a lifetime. The visits often have a lasting impact on the children and families they visit.
This year, our nurseries have held almost 100 events to raise money for Theodora. From sky dives to marathons, bake sales and their annual summer fair. On Wednesday 6th November we were invited to Theodora’s 25th Anniversary celebrations in London. There, we were able to present them with our donation of £10,000. Pictured above – Harry Mills (Brand Manager), Hannah Bosworth (Nursery Manager at Cherubs Longdale) and Kelly Croll (Assistant Nursery Manager at Cherubs Worksop) presented the cheque on behalf of all children, staff and parents at Cherubs Nurseries to Andre Poulie (founder of Theodora Children’s Charity), Dr Dovetail and Dr Easy Peasy (two of Theodora’s wonderful Giggle Doctors).
Alice Barley (Fundraising and Communications Manager at Theodora) thanked Cherubs Nurseries saying “Everyone at Cherubs Nurseries has done so brilliantly with their fundraising, were really grateful that everyone has got behind our charity and has showed so much generosity and support for the Giggle Doctors. We’ve loved seeing all the pictures and updates on social media and on your website. The money you’ve raised is the equivalent of Giggle Doctor visits for over 1,000 children! That is a lot of smiles and laughter and an incredible achievement for everyone at Cherubs Nurseries.”
Reflecting on the successful partnership, Harry Mills (Brand Manager) said “I am beyond proud of the efforts and lengths our team have gone to this year, to raise the most money possible for Theodora. The momentum has been relentless throughout the year and it has been great to see the impact our donation has already had. Over 1,000 children will directly benefit from our donation including those at Nottingham University Hospital, where Theodora’s Giggle Doctors have been enhancing children’s time there every Thursday since 2009.”
We would like to take his opportunity to thank all parents, families and staff for your generosity and support. You can find out more about Theodora Children’s Charity and how our donation will help them continue their incredibly worthwhile work here.
Since 2014, we have raised almost £50,000 for local and national charities and causes, just like Theodora Children’s Charity. We will soon be announcing our charity partner for 2020.