Editor's Viewpoint: Send in the clowns
Children in hospital wards in Northern Ireland are due an injection of fun when Clown Doctors — professional entertainers — start doing the rounds from April this year.
Cash from the Big Lottery Fund will pay for the initiative, which should bring a smile to sick children’s faces.
While many of the children will owe their lives to the miracles of modern medicine, the Clown Doctors will brighten up what is always a depressing stay in hospital. The old adage of laughter being the best medicine may not be strictly true, but there is no doubt that a little fun can help speed up recovery. Bring on the clowns.