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Clown doctors: Why laughter really is the best medicine

An Arts Care Clown Doctor initiative offers children and young people benefits of humour for health and wellbeing 

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Richie McClelland also known as Dr Dapper

Richie McClelland also known as Dr Dapper

Stephen Hamilton

Dr Dapper and Dr Twinkle

Dr Dapper and Dr Twinkle

Stephen Hamilton

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Richie McClelland also known as Dr Dapper

We see the child, we don’t see the condition, so it’s about being in the present moment… we are just there playing, and it takes them away from the worries of what’s going on in their life,” says Arts Care Clown Doctor, Richie McClelland, also known as Dr Dapper.

Richie (53) works in the worlds of circus and carnival in performing and teaching roles, and has been a part-time clown doctor with Arts Care for 12 years.


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