Celebration as Saffron Walden children’s charity announces hospital doctor patron

PUBLISHED: 11:03 29 August 2017 | UPDATED: 11:03 29 August 2017

Charity founders Annie Aris and Patrick Jacobs, who have welcomed Dr Rob Ross Russell as patron. Picture: THE LAUGHTER SPECIALISTS

Charity founders Annie Aris and Patrick Jacobs, who have welcomed Dr Rob Ross Russell as patron. Picture: THE LAUGHTER SPECIALISTS


A top paediatrician has pledged his support to a Saffron Walden charity by becoming its patron.

Dr Rob Ross Russell, who works as a consultant paediatrician at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, in Cambridge, has this month joined forces with The Laughter Specialists.

The charity, based in Crawley Hobbs Close, provides clowning, magic, and comedy to children in hospitals, hospices and special needs schools.

Dr Russell said: “As a consultant paediatrician at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, I know how hard it is for children to be stuck at the hospital.

“For some it is just a visit to the clinic – which itself can be a difficult or traumatic episode – but for many it is an inpatient stay on the wards.”

The Laughter Specialists has been running for 10 years, and Dr Russell said studies show that clowning can help the health and recovery of children in hospital.

He added: “We know it works, and we know that it is not part of routine NHS funding – so we rely on charities like the Laughter Specialists to help provide this important care.

“I would encourage you all to support this great team of dedicated people in their important work.”


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