POD Children’s Charity is a nationwide charity that has been organising entertainment for children in hospital and hospices since 1977. Its first show was at Great Ormond Street in the same year; 39 years later, POD is still creating smiles there on a monthly basis.
Run by Margaret Munford MBE since 1990, POD helps to minimise the trauma of a hospital stay by sowing the seeds of fun, laughter and magic. POD Children’s Charity was founded on the belief that happy children get better quickly.
In 1977, when the charity was first founded, the emotional needs of ill children were placed far behind their physical ailments. Visiting times for parents and immediate family were restricted, stays could be long and outside stimulation and entertainment was practically unheard of.
Thankfully times have changed and POD is one of the fantastic charities that has been at the forefront of the evolution in the way children are treated in hospital and hospices. From magicians to puppeteers; musicians to clowns; monthly shows organised by POD can now been found in more than 150 hospitals and hospices across the UK.
Warley Park sponsors Skittleman
Any regular attendee of our events will know Skittleman – our talented resident DJ and children’s entertainer. He’s practically a fixture in all of our Christmas events, Tribute Nights and children’s parties!
Now, in addition to his usual schedule, we are sponsoring Skittleman to put on a monthly show at Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford, through POD Children’s Charity.
We are delighted to give back to such an amazing charity and put smiles on around a dozen children each month.
You can also help POD!
It’s easy to help put a smile on a sick child’s face. Just £5 will make one child happy. £50 is enough for an entire show. And you can raise money in lots of different ways, from simply clicking on POD Children’s Charity’s Donate Now link to organising a raffle or charity auction, holding a fundraiser or doing a sponsored run, swim or walk.
Plus if you are a UK taxpayer, you can also recover the tax you have paid via Gift Aid.
POD’s administration is covered by a separate charity so every single penny you donate goes towards entertaining children.
Click here to find out more about POD Children’s Charity and to make a donation.
Book Skittleman for your next children’s party!
Every child loves a Warley Park party! We offer a great value, all-inclusive package, complete with room hire, food and drink and the many talents of Skittleman, plus a complementary bottle of Prosecco for the organiser.
You can also find out more about Skittleman by visiting his Facebook page.