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Lawsons Hike to Snowdon Peak


Football competition raises £5,000 for Spread a Smile


Darling Mugs of May Competition


July 2016 Newsletter


Mascot Competition Gallery


Spread a Smile families have a wonderful time at Lawsons Family Fun Day


Chriskitch Chef Delights With Charity Cookery Demonstration


Honey & Co Chefs Support Spread a Smile


Fearne Cotton and Pudsey visit Seriously ill Children and Teenagers at UCH


Families enjoy Royal Academy’s Painting the Modern Garden visit and workshop


Pop Star Jack Savoretti sings and plays for teenagers in hospital


Daniel Fattal climbs Kilimanjaro raising more than £2,000 for seriously ill children and teenagers


July 2015 Newsletter


HIT-Mattel present drop and Pingu at hospitals


Blue Peter presenter Barney Harwood surprises seriously ill children and their families at Winter Wonderland Party


Families treated to Royal Academy visit and workshop to Ai Weiwei


Nursery World Awards 2015 supports Spread a Smile


A scrumptious tea followed by Charlie and the Chocolate Factory


Spread a Smile visit to KidZania


Arsenal's Calum Chambers Surprises Children at UCH


July 2015 Newsletter


Frozen Sing-Along


Jan 2015 Newsletter


Spread a Smile received a Lloyd’s Market Charity Award


Girls mark their Bat Mitzvah Walk to UCH


Spread a Smile's Very First Halloween Party


UCH and GOSH families VIP visit to The Lion King


June 2014 Newsletter


Art talk and lunch with Radio 2 Art Critic Estelle Lovatt raises £18,000


Marina runs a marathon for Spread a Smile


Children go on a musical journey


Three Tough Mudders


Spread a Smile took 33 families from Great Ormond Street Hospital to Disney's The Lion King for a day out to remember

Dream Rooms/Spaces workshop at The Royal London Hospital

An art workshop about ‘Dream Rooms/Spaces’ was led by experienced arts educator and teacher Laura Fox, on 24th June at The Royal London Hospital.

Participants, ranging from 11 to 15 years old, looked at large prints of dream rooms and spaces from leading artists from different periods in art history including: Frida Kahlo, Vincent Van Gogh, David Hockney, Tracey Emin, Rachel Whiteread and Marc Chagall.

Laura then led them through a discussion about what these images all have in common, which of these images they liked and why, what they thought the artists felt about these spaces and how the artists had conveyed this.

Participants then experimented using collage materials to create their personal ‘dream space’ using a variety of materials including: magazines; different types of paper; leaves; stones; paper clips; masking tape; drawing pins; and rubber bands. They could also add drawn or sculpted elements.

Using the iMotion app on iPads they then learnt how to animate the different elements of their artistic work and create a short animated film.Thanks to The Prince of Wales’s Charitable Foundation for funding this workshop.


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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Thursday, September 15th, 2016 at 11:12pm
Noah and his family enjoyed being entertained by Ian! Thank you Ian for turning #smilesupsidedown ! 🎗💛 https://t.co/LVAL71w29Z spreadasmileuk photo
Monday, September 12th, 2016 at 1:54am
Well done Drew! Smiling after running 2h14m00s. Thank you for helping us Spread a Smile 😀👍🏼💛🎗 https://t.co/tRGSKRcHPz spreadasmileuk photo
Sunday, September 11th, 2016 at 5:34pm
Yasemin, Mila , Chloe, Mohamed, Chloe & Andrew had fun at the animation workshop @uclh 🎗😀💛 https://t.co/XIwRAoxVml spreadasmileuk photo
Saturday, September 10th, 2016 at 8:00pm
Happy #NationalGranparentsDay to all those amazing grandparents that are such a huge support!🎗💛👵🏼💛👴🏼💛🎗

Testimonials

“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 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.”
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 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
"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 them or their siblings. Today has taken that pressure off this particular parent and for that I will be eternally grateful".
"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"
"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 in helping support such a great charity! Thank you again".
"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".
"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 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"