The Clown Doctors programme recognises that the implications of hospitalisation are far wider than simply those relating to medical conditions.
Fear, boredom, loss of control and other insecurities can adversely affect children in hospitals, and the Clown Doctors offer an impartial way of entertaining, supporting and empowering the children who may be struggling with these issues.
Performing arts such as storytelling, music, improvisation and clowning are used to engage the children and to help them come to terms with their situation using humour and play.

Our Clown Doctors visit sick children in The Great North Children's Hospital and The Freeman Hospital to support them through what can be a traumatic and frightening time.

Meet the Clown Doctors


Dr Ronald Rumtumtumich

Doctor Rumtumtumich studied doctoring inside Alnwick Castle in the early part of the Read More

Dr Melanie Mughugger

Dr Mughugger was born in a shoe. After swallowing many flies like her Read More

Dr Johan Cherrywolf

Dr Johan Cherrywolf, or Jonah to his mother, comes from a family of Read More

Dr Lulu McDoo

Having sprung fully-grown from her father's sporran, Doctor Lulu McDoo was passed through Read More
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Dr Mughugger was born in a shoe. After swallowing many flies like her dear old mother, and realising that eating spiders, cats and dogs to help catch the flies was not a good idea, she went out into the big wild world in search of more delicious snacks. Her favourite hobbies include snail-racing, sprout-throwing and jelly-wibbling. She can often be found hanging out of the top of bus windows, yodelling at the top of her voice!

Elena Joy Miller

elena joy millerElena loves Newcastle more than any other place in the world. After studying drama in York, a Performance Studies Masters at the University of Leeds and touring with various theatre companies, she has set up StarBrightArts where she works with young people doing a variety of creative arts projects. She also teaches singing at the Tynedale Academy of Performing Arts in Hexham and runs arts-based programmes for parents with the Northern Learning Trust.

Get in touch

TIN Arts
The Old School House
Framwellgate Moor Community Centre
Front Street, Framwellgate Moor,
Durham DH1 5BL
0191 384 0728

Help Us

As a non profit, The Clown Doctors relies on the generosity of families, community leaders, and corporations who share our vision for children.