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05 January 2015
When the ACF first heard about Clowndoctors and the fantastic work they do, it immediately wanted to support it. Run by the Scottish arts-in-health charity, Hearts & Minds, Clowndoctors are a team of carefully selected professional performers who are trained to work with children in hospitals, hospices, special schools and respite care.
The Clowndoctors offer individual, playful interventions tha thelp to normalise the healthcare environment for the children they visit.
Dressed as clowns, and wearing red noses, not masks, they visit very sick children from birth to early adulthood, to help tackle issues that can go hand in hand with having a life changing medical condition.
Through the activities they do, they can help make a genuine connection with children that evoke hope, laughter and increased resilience.
Looking beyond the illness and ability of the children they meet, they help connect with their psychological and emotional needs, helping the to overcome challenges such as stress, pain, frustration, boredom, loss of control and grief, social and phsycial skills, copying with procedures that maybe painful or upsetting, loss of self esteem.
“Laughter is an incredibly strong tonic - not only in helping children feel better but in helping distract them from illnesses they may have. Clowndoctors is a fantastic initiative that does just that – it brings fun and sunshine into the lives of some very sick children and we’re absolutely delighted to be supporting it.” - Camilla Al Fayed, The AlFayed Charitable Foundation
You can make a donation by visiting Hearts & Minds website: heartsminds.org.uk