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The Clown Doctors bring smiles to Heart Heroes at the Freeman HospitalCHILDREN’S Heart Unit Fund (CHUF) is appealing to families and businesses in the region to help it raise £5,000 in April to continue bringing smiles to poorly children at Newcastle’s Freeman by spreading the message ‘Silliness Matters’.

The #SillinessMatters appeal to raise £5,000 is so the charity can continue funding its partnership with the Clown Doctors Programme, a team of play specialists who bring smiles and entertainment to Heart Heroes undergoing treatment at Children’s Heart Unit at the Freeman Hospital.

CHUF are encouraging everyone to take a moment and do something silly, whether that pulls a funny face, create a silly dance or tell a joke, share on social media with the #SillinessMatters and donate via the charity’s Facebook page or website:

The charity’s director of fundraising and operations, Charlotte Campbell, said:

“CHUF has funded the Clown Doctors programme for 15 years, and in that time, they have become a vital part of the ward team at The Freeman Hospital.

“The Clown Doctors have touched the lives of many children throughout their treatment by bringing laughter, playfulness and joy to the ward, which really improves the mental and physical wellbeing of Heart Heroes and their families.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on us as a charity, and we would really appreciate any donation, however big or small, to help us raise £5,000 to continue funding the Clown Doctors Programme throughout 2021.”

CHUF exists to support pioneering services that will positively impact heart families, inspire hope and enable Heart Heroes to reach their full potential.

For more information about CHUF, including how to donate, please visit | 21 April 2021

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