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Project information

Making Smiles in Hospitals 2011

Pod is a nationwide charity which organizes entertainment for children in 145 hospitals and hospices. Everyone agrees that the mind plays an important part in the healing process and happy children get better quicker but funding is needed to ensure that visits at 20 hospitals continue this year.

January 2011 - December 2011

Charity information: Pod Charitable Trust

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  • Need


    A sick child has to endure physical suffering plus the burden of emotional distress. Everyone tries to limit the stress a child experiences in hospital. Hospitals increasingly try to make a child's hospital stay as pleasant as possible but they have limited funding for non-medical activities. This is where Pod can help.


    Each month a Pod magician, musician, puppeteer or clown visits a hospital or hospice and provides a 40 minute show designed to appeal to children of all ages. After wards the entertainer visits children who are too poorly to join in so everyone has something to smile about. Pod helps to distract children from their pain and worry and encourages participation. Pod visits provide an element of special excitement and outside stimulus - everyone joins in the fun and tension evaporates.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To provide 240 Pod shows at 20 hospitals which will help to cheer up around 2000 sick children.


    » A magician, puppeteer, musician or clown will provide 40 minute shows each month at 20 hospitals.

    What success will look like

    Success will be making lots of smiles and hearing the laughter of around 2000 sick children.

  • Impact


    The mind plays an important part in the healing process and the project will help over 2000 happy children to get better quicker and all these children will have a positive memory of their hospital stay.


    Over the last 30 years Pod has allowed for any foreseeable risk having carried out risk assessment. No perceived risk foreseen.


    Donors receive a schedule of shows and are encouraged to see what Pod achieves by going to a show. A report is sent at the end of the funding period

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £12,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £3,600 Pod shows Monthly shows at 6 hospitals Wales
      £2,400 Pod shows Monthly shows at 4 hospitals North West
      £1,800 Pod shows Monthly shows at 3 hospitals London
      £1,200 Pod shows Monthly shows at 2 hospitals North East
      £1,200 Pod shows Monthly shows at 2 hospitals Northern Ireland
      £1,200 Pod shows Monthly shows a 2 hospitals South East
      £600 Pod shows Monthly shows at 1 hospital East Anglia
  • Background


    Hospitals in: Wales (Abergavenny, Bridgend, Carmarthen, Haverfordwest, Newport, Swansea.); N.W: (Bury, Manchester - twice monthly, Warrington); in London (Tooting, Tadworth , Watford);in N. Ireland ( Belfast, Ulster);in N. E ( Gateshead, N. Tees); in S.E. ( Brighton twice monthly); in East Anglia (Bury St. Edmunds)


    2400 children in the above hospitals in different locations throughout the UK plus their parents and siblings.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Over the last 30 years Pod has helped to cheer up half a million sick children. Pod entertainers currently visit 145 hospitals and hospices every month. There is close liaision with hospital play specialists and feedback received is always positive - the only complaint being is that they'd like more.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Margaret Munford

    Administrator and coordinator. Close contact is maintained with hospital play specialists to ensure that children really do benefit from Pod visits.

    Pod Entertainers

    40 carefully chosen professional children's entertainers sensitive to the needs of sick children.