Pod Children’s Charity has been bringing a touch magic to the paediatric ward at The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital (RJAH) since 1992, however in light of the pandemic the charity has had to put their visits on hold for the time being.

POD Children’s Charity is a nationwide charity which has been running since 1977, starting visits to hospitals outside of London in 1991. It organises entertainment for children in hospital with the aim of alleviating the trauma of a hospital stay by sowing the seeds of fun and laughter.

They use magicians, puppeteers, musicians and clowns to create smiles and provide monthly shows in over 150 hospitals and hospices throughout the UK.

The visits to the RJAH have been funded by the hospital’s League of Friends since 1999. A legacy bequeathed by a local donor meant that Pod were able to provide a second monthly visit from April 2019 onwards.

Margaret Munford MBE, who runs Pod, said: “It’s been so lovely that we have been able to provide Pod magic at the RJAH for many years, seeing the difference our visits make to the patients and their families is wonderful.

“We have three objectives at Pod; making smiles and having fun in hospital, distracting from pain and anxiety, and improving attitude to hospitalisation, treatment and readmission. We really do have so many patient stories that illustrate the success of these objectives!”

Victoria Sugden, League of Friends Charity Director, said: “We are delighted to fund these visits and very much look forward to when we can welcome Pod’s entertainers back to the hospital. I know patients, their families and staff very much look forward to a dose of Pod magic!”

Margaret added: “We don’t as yet know when visits will resume but we shall be working closely with the hospital to ensure that when they do, every precaution is taken. Children, families and staff could do with a little bit of Pod laughter, so we look forward a time when it is safe for us to return.”