Laughter Specialists News & Events

Dr Rob Ross Russell

“We are seriously delighted to announce that Dr Rob Ross Russell, a Consultant Paediatrician at Addenbrookes, has agreed to become a Patron of The Laughter Specialists. This is a massive coup for us and the note below gives you insight into the experience he has of what we do alongside how passionately he feels about the work we do for all sick and vulnerable children across East Anglia .. a great day, a great future! Take a read….

Dr Rob Ross Russell“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.

Dr Russell, consultant paediatrician at Addenbrooke’s Hospital

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.”

Sponsorship Contained!

We are delighted to announce that Containerlift of Dunmow, Essex, have agreed to sponsor The Laughter Specialists to the tune of £5000 in 2017. Of course, we are ecstatic in knowing this will help us diversify across the region and we look forward to working with them to raise our profiles and come together to celebrate the unison at many planned events across the year. Managing Director, Joost Baker, said “we are extremely proud to be supporting such a wonderful cause.”

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Riding High with Bicicletta!

The raffle held by Bicicletta in aid of Laughter Specialists on Friday 2nd December 2016 raised an amazing £1154!!!

The evening, which was a great success, was organised by Megan Charnock along with Peter Moore and Business Owner Christopher Middleton .The prizes were fantastic and all donated by local shops business in Saffron Walden Town. The money raised will put smiles on children’s faces and encourage engagement with sick children in hospitals and those with learning difficulties who so need the visits.

A HUGE and massive thank you to everyone who came along to support us and to Bicicletta for hosting.

RAAM (Race Across America) – Team Joely Bug

They did it! 3000 miles from Los Angeles to Washington in 7 days. What an amazing achievement and so far James Sheairs and Co., have raised a whopping £7135.75 (plus gift aid) for The Laughter Specialists. To donate and keep this mammoth amount growing, please go to:

2016/2017 Funding Support Was Also Given By:

  • Batterson Chivers Trust
  • Thomas Cook Childrens Charity
  • Addenbrookes Charitable Trust
  • BBC Children in Need
  • Uttlesford District Council
  • St James Place Foundation
  • Essex Community Foundation
  • Baily Thomas Trust
  • The Diamond Ladies
  • Cambridge Community Foundation
  • The Annual Glitterball in Cambridge
  • Saffron Building Society
  • Hempstead Vintage Car Show
  • Waitrose Green Token Scheme
  • Tesco Helping Hand Scheme
  • Jana Robinson
  • Saffron Walden Round Table