Teachers, doctors and care staff tell us they have found our visits to be stimulating and enhancing and more importantly, the children and adults we meet have said how much they love to join in the laughter and fun and how it improves their well being.
One person who has experienced the work of The Laughter Specialists clown doctors, Mrs Maddie Standen of Saffron Walden, who has a child with numerous learning disabilities, said:
“The Laughter Specialists bring the unparalleled gift of laughter to those who are often unable to. To see your child able to participate in a seemingly easy emotion for us is priceless. In that moment, where your child is able to smile, giggle and laugh they have no disabilities and are equal to all. I would like to sing the praise of the Laughter Specialists from the highest mountain, what they do for families like us is unmatched”.
“As a consultant paediatrician at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, I know how hard it is for children to be stuck at the hospital. For some it is just a visit to the clinic – which itself can be a difficult or traumatic episode – but for many it is an inpatient stay on the wards. Many children are in for just a few days but for some the stay can be very lengthy. Children with cancer, or following major trauma. Children with learning difficulties or facing major surgery or with long-term conditions like diabetes or cystic fibrosis. For them and their families time passes slowly, and they are often a long way from the friends and even family.
Annie and Patrick address this with their work. They visit these children, and use their skills to bring laughter and smiles to the children and their families. And it is not just light-hearted fun – it works. People have now studied the effect of clowning on the health and recovery of children in hospital and demonstrated that it helps.
This was the conclusion of one big analysis that reviewed all the published data on the effect of laughter: We found that hospital clowns play a significant role in reducing stress and anxiety levels in children admitted to hospitals as well as their parents. (Eur J Pediatr (2016) 175:1353–1360)
So we know it works, and we know that it is not part of routine NHS funding – so we rely on charities like the Laughter Specialists to help provide this important care. I would encourage you all to support this great team of dedicated people in their important work.”
Thank you to all those that supported us at Race Night.
We raised £1873.81 a truly amazing amount that will help us continue visiting many sick and vulnerable children across East Anglia. Thank you!