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Laughter is the best medicine at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital

They say that laughter is the best medicine and children being treated at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital would certainly agree. Being visited by a clown doctor is now almost as routine as being visited by your medical doctor. MedEquip4Kids has been fundraising for almost a decade to enable Theodora Children’s Trust to provide the clown doctors for children in Manchester. To commemorate this relationship, a plaque was unveiled by long-standing clown doctor Loo Loo at the hospital. Staying in hospital can be a daunting time for a child, so the Theodora Children's Trust aims to give them something to smile about by sending clown doctors on their own ward rounds using magic tricks, jokes and music to entertain the children and help them forget they are in hospital. A clown doctor is a professional artist, who needs to be trained and funded. The three clown doctors visiting the children at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital are entirely funded by MedEquip4Kids, thanks to support from the local community. The charity provides equipment and also improves the environment in hospitals across the North of England. Mike Hughson, Director of MedEquip4Kids, said: “We are proud to support the work of Theodora Children’s Trust at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, and we were delighted to be invited to visit the hospital and see how important the clowns’ visits are to the children here.” Susan Fairclough, Play Specialist Manager at RMCH said: “The Theodora clown doctors bring fun and laughter to all the patients, parents and staff. As soon as they are seen in the children's hospital you can see the faces of the children and teenagers light up and begin to smile. We are very privileged to have the Theodora Clown Doctors at Royal Manchester Children's Hospital'.