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Jamie Raven to become Spread a Smile’s first official patron

We are thrilled to announce that magician, Jamie Raven, has become Spread a Smile’s first official patron. He came along to UCLH with us on Tuesday 28 March where he met some children and teenagers and amazed them with his magic tricks. 

Our co-founder, Josephine Segal, joined Jamie on the visit to UCLH. She said “We are honoured and delighted to have Jamie Raven as a patron of Spread a Smile. During his visit to UCLH, it was quite amazing to see the patients’ faces light up as Jamie wowed them with his magic. We first met Jamie three years ago and we are really looking forward to continuing and developing our relationship.”

Many of us know Jamie from the 2015 series of Britain’s Got Talent. Jamie had been perfecting his craft over the past 12 years working as a magician around the world and his ambition was always to take it to a wider audience and BGT finally gave him that chance. His online videos from Britain’s Got Talent and other subsequent performances have now been seen over 400 million times, making him one of the most viewed magicians in the world today.

Jamie headlined “The Illusionists” at The Shaftesbury Theatre, which went on to break box office records and in doing so became the most successful magic show ever in the history of London’s West End.

We caught up with Jamie and spoke to him about why he chose to work with Spread a Smile.

What attracted you to Spread a Smile’s work initially?
Originally, your founders, Jospehine and Vanessa called to ask if I could help and to arrange for other magicians to help with Spread a Smile in its infancy and having spoken to Josephine on the phone, I could hear in her voice that she is a good person, doing great things, for the most deserving cause so I wanted to help out if I could.

How did visiting the children in hospital make you feel?
It is always the most wonderful way to spend time. If you can make somebody laugh, or smile, even for a second, I think it is one of the most precious gifts in the world. If you add in to that all that the children and their families are going through, to be able to hopefully do something for them that may make their day a tiny bit easier, or to somehow make the suffering just a little bit less, there is no better feeling.

What difference do you think Spread a Smile’s work makes to the families?
I think it is invaluable, how do you put a price on making somebody smile, somebody happy, to make somebody or their friends or family forget the terrible time that they are going through, even just for a few minutes? You can’t, therefore by definition, to me, the work is invaluable

Can you recall one particular moment which stood out to you during your hospital visits?
There are too many to list I think it must have been my very first visit, to see first-hand just how much of a difference the work makes.

How do you feel when you leave the hospital after a visit?
I feel wonderful Looking past the situation of why the children and their families are there, I always focus on the positives. Did what you did make somebody else’s day a little bit better? If the answer if yes, then there is very little in life that can make you prouder.

I know you recently hosted some families from Spread a Smile at one of your shows – how did it feel to have them at the show and meet them afterwards?
It was awesome, I am so thrilled that they could come and they enjoyed the show. To think that they would like to come and watch me and what I do is an honour. We met up afterwards to take some photos and for some hugs. It was definitely one of the highlights of the tour 

What makes you smile?
What makes me smile? Love, when it is shared unconditionally and selflessly, especially to those who need it the most. When I was a kid I was told that “your smile can change everything, use it to be the change you want to see in the world” and if lots of people spread lots of smiles, great things happen


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Testimonials

"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"
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
"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".
"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"
"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 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.”
Thank you. We can't explain just how whoever works at Spread a Smile is just so caring and sensitive to the children's needs. Also the charity is just organised with these events, from starting on time to sending photos to the families, to not rushing families at the end as it is 1.30pm. Nothing is too much.

I can't really explain just what a great charity it is and we as a family are grateful that you Let us make special memories. I wish we had known about you when my brother was alive. Please tell everyone.xxx

So thank you to everyone at Spread a Smile
from the Jain Family.
xxx❤️❤️❤️xxxx
2016-12-07T12:12:09-11:00
Thank you. We can't explain just how whoever works at Spread a Smile is just so caring and sensitive to the children's needs. Also the charity is just organised with these events, from starting on time to sending photos to the families, to not rushing families at the end as it is 1.30pm. Nothing is too much. I can't really explain just what a great charity it is and we as a family are grateful that you Let us make special memories. I wish we had known about you when my brother was alive. Please tell everyone.xxx So thank you to everyone at Spread a Smile from the Jain Family. xxx❤️❤️❤️xxxx
"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".