brightening children's days entertaining children in hospital
Families enjoy Royal Academy’s Painting the Modern Garden visit and workshopRoyal-Academy-April 2016-IMG_ 4
Four families with children and teenagers receiving treatment at UCH and GOSH were invited to a special visit to the Royal Academy of Arts (RA) Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse on 4th April 2016. Using the work of Monet as a starting point, arguably the blockbuster art exhibition of the year, examined the role gardens played in the evolution of art from the early 1860s through to the 1920s. Tracing the emergence of the modern garden in its many forms, the exhibition walked the families through a period of great social change and innovation in the arts during the early twentieth century through great works by Impressionist, Post-Impressionist and Avant-Garde artists. After the exhibition, the families were given the opportunity to create their own still-life acrylic paintings of flowers with the guidance of artists, Becky Jelly and Harry Baxter. Royal-Academy-April 2016-IMG_ 3Cheryl Holmes, mother of 12 year old, Debbie Holmes who is receiving treatment at UCH said the visit was, ‘Extremely therapeutic. What a lovely family experience!’ Her daughter Debbie commented, ‘This was fun and interesting and I would gladly do it again.’ Debbie’s sister, Rachel, said, ‘This was a brilliant experience and I would definitely want to do it again.’ Becky Jelly, Artist Educator said, ‘It was just wonderful to take the group through the exhibition and talk to them about the paintings. They had a Royal-Academy-April 2016-IMG_ 1wonderful interpretation of what they saw. The paintings they did in the session were all individual and full of great qualities. It was such a fantastic session with a great group of young people and their parents!’ Thank you to the RA and especially Artist Educators, Becky Jelly and Harry Baxter, for donating, leading the visit and the workshop. Thank you also to The Prince of Wales’s Charitable Foundation who supported the visit. Royal-Academy-April 2016-IMG_ 2

Spread a Smile is dedicated to improving the time spent by seriously ill children and teenagers in hospital. We take entertainers such as fairies, pirates, children’s characters, magicians, singers, face painters, authors and poets into Great Ormond Street and University College and The Royal London Hospitals. Our aim is to bring much needed joy to these children and teenagers, diverting their attention away from their treatment, stimulating their minds and alleviating the boredom and monotony associated with sustained hospital stays. Families are often deeply affected by the hospitalisation of a child so we also entertain siblings.  

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Monday, July 25th, 2016 at 8:20am
Rachel, Gaby, Daniel and friends raised £255 for Spread a Smile selling lemonade on @hampsteadheath 😀 #thankyou https://t.co/bPW41GIpIl spreadasmileuk photo
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Testimonials

"Fiona has enjoyed a wonderful day and an amazing memory of fun times with her mum and dad before her surgery tomorrow".

Andrew Moorcroft

2015-04-13T03:25:43-11:00

Andrew Moorcroft

“Fiona has enjoyed a wonderful day and an amazing memory of fun times with her mum and dad before her surgery tomorrow”.
My daughter izzy has been fighting cancer for nearly 2 years. She is 3 years old and needs constant entertaining. No charity has ever given or done anything for izzy apart from this one. The organizers and volunteers are absolutely amazing. I have spread the word about spread a smile and I make sure that anyone that wants to send izzy a gift sends it to them instead. We look forward to seeing you on Christmas day down in fox ward. Thank you so so much for always putting a smile on Izzys face. X

Melissa

2015-04-13T03:26:57-11:00

Melissa

My daughter izzy has been fighting cancer for nearly 2 years. She is 3 years old and needs constant entertaining. No charity has ever given or done anything for izzy apart from this one. The organizers and volunteers are absolutely amazing. I have spread the word about spread a smile and I make sure that View Full →
“My daughter loves the whole team at Spread a Smile. Because of her and myself I love them too, I always admire the work they do. I feel the words "Spread a Smile" fit the team very well. Bravo to whoever has chosen the name and the team are fantastic. I don’t have exact words to express myself fully to express how good they are. Maybe I can copy my 6 year old daughter by saying they are very, very, very, very, very, very good. I pray for good health to the team and long life. My daughter gets distracted from feeling headaches when the Spread a Smile team are around. This is itself a cure for her without side effects. This space was not enough for me.”

F. Sayid

2015-04-13T03:24:56-11:00

F. Sayid

“My daughter loves the whole team at Spread a Smile. Because of her and myself I love them too, I always admire the work they do. I feel the words “Spread a Smile” fit the team very well. Bravo to whoever has chosen the name and the team are fantastic. I don’t have exact words View Full →
"Thank you so much for an amazing day you gave our whole family. We had such fun from start to finish!! All our efforts to provide such a wonderful day did not go unnoticed. Spread a Smile is a unique charity and I shall have great pleasure in spreading the work to all I know in helping support such a great charity! Thank you again".

Natalie Taylor

2015-04-13T03:26:29-11:00

Natalie Taylor

“Thank you so much for an amazing day you gave our whole family. We had such fun from start to finish!! All our efforts to provide such a wonderful day did not go unnoticed. Spread a Smile is a unique charity and I shall have great pleasure in spreading the work to all I know View Full →
"To smile is the best medicine! Thanks for always making our whole family smile. Love and thanks Winter Family"

Winter Family

2015-04-13T03:26:04-11:00

Winter Family

“To smile is the best medicine! Thanks for always making our whole family smile. Love and thanks Winter Family”
"Spread a Smile 'does exactly what it says on the tin'. Their simple approach of showing that there is still joy, love and laughter to be experienced, even in the teeth of very real stress, is nothing short of genius. It is incredibly hard as a parent of a very sick child to be 'fun'-for them or their siblings. Today has taken that pressure off this particular parent and for that I will be eternally grateful".

Fiona Barnet

2015-04-13T03:25:19-11:00

Fiona Barnet

“Spread a Smile ‘does exactly what it says on the tin’. Their simple approach of showing that there is still joy, love and laughter to be experienced, even in the teeth of very real stress, is nothing short of genius. It is incredibly hard as a parent of a very sick child to be ‘fun’-for View Full →
"Spread a Smile's volunteers were one of the only things that could raise a smile in our daughter during her chemotherapy. Their fairies are angels of kindness, and their magicians conjure away the pain with every visit. It's hard to explain how slowly time passes on a children's oncology ward, but Spread a Smile silenced the ticking of the clock, and remained at our daughter's side to sprinkle a little fairy dust and make her feel for a few moments like the luckiest girl in the world"

Parker M.

2015-04-13T03:17:56-11:00

Parker M.

“Spread a Smile’s volunteers were one of the only things that could raise a smile in our daughter during her chemotherapy. Their fairies are angels of kindness, and their magicians conjure away the pain with every visit. It’s hard to explain how slowly time passes on a children’s oncology ward, but Spread a Smile silenced View Full →