Thanks to BBC Children in Need, which has its annual celebration this week, the soundtrack to children’s wards and EACH Hospices across Suffolk feature fits of giggles, guffaws of laughter and squeals of delight.
Suffolk Artlink’s Clown Round project has been running in Ipswich Hospital and EACH Treehouse Hospice for over ten years thanks to generous grants from Children in Need. The project sees Clown Doctors (note 1) bringing fun, laughter and distraction to young people and their families in hospitals and hospices across the East.
For the past decade Drs Fidget, Misschief, Curley, Buffle and Daydream have been visiting young patients on hospital wards and in hospices across Suffolk, Norfolk and Essex, engaging them in clowning, storytelling, music, magic, circus skills and improvisation.
Alex Casey, Suffolk Artlink Co-Director, explains: “Thanks to BBC Children in Need, our Clown Round project has been cheering up children and their families in hospitals and hospices in the East for over a decade.
“With their help, the project continues to grow, and as the campaign night approaches this year, our Clown Doctors are supporting and empowering more young patients than ever before.”
A parent at Ipswich Hospital said: “Best medicine in the world, thank you.”
Children in Need’s Appeal Show night will be live on BBC One and BBC iPlayer from 7pm on Friday 15th November 2019.
Picture: Warren Page