Visit to St. Mary’s Hospital
On 27 th September, Spread a Smile visited St. Mary’s Hospital, Paddington for the first time. Imperial College Healthcare Charity Chief Executive Ian Lush invited us to visit the hospital’s children’s department. Co-founders Vanessa Crocker and Josephine Segal led the first visit and took in co- ordinator Felicity Brooks, fairy Phoebe Higson, magician Ian Manly, singer Collette Spinner, and Talia Berkowitz with PAT dog Cassie.
The group visited Paediatric Outpatients, the Haematology unit, and the Grand Union and Great
Western wards, and entertained over 30 babies, children and teenagers, creating diversion, magic
Bevis Man from Imperial Charity said: “We’d like to say a huge thank you to the Spread a Smile team, who came into the children’s services department at St Mary’s Hospital yesterday to bring happiness, fun and play to children and their families. There was a magician, a face-painting fairy, a singer and a very cute and clever dog. The children’s department was over-flowing with smiles and laughter!”
Many thanks to Imperial College Healthcare Charity for inviting us, Ian Lush and Tina Halton, Head Play Specialist, and her wonderful Play Specialist team for guiding us round the hospital.
And the winner of the £25 @MarineGelato voucher is......... @jessica_austin2 Well done! Thank you to @cassie_therapy dog for your help 🐾😀 https://t.co/leYY6jJx6A
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.