Hospital Clowning

When a child is stuck in hospital, a friendly face and a silly smile can make the world of difference! Camp Simcha clowns visit hospital wards all around London and are specially trained to help patients laugh in order to help them heal. Using their creativity and good heartedness, the clowns juggle, make balloon animals, do origami, spin plates and will stand on their heads, if necessary, to put a smile on the faces of the children.

Researchers say that children laugh about 500 times a day, while the average adult laughs only 15 times a day. An array of laughter studies have shown that laughing releases endorphins, lessens pain from chronic diseases, and strengthens the immune system.

The Hospital Clowning volunteer programme currently runs in London and is open to those aged 18 and above. If you would like to apply to become a Camp Simcha Hospital Clown, or for more information, please contact