CADLab was founded by Dr Persephone Sextou within Newman’s Drama department with an Entrepreneurship Award from HefCE & UnLtd in 2010. CADLab operates in partnership with Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, The James Brindley School at BCH, Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust in England and, Queensland Children’s Hospital Brisbane Australia. CADlab’s projects have now involved over 4000 sick, injured and terminally ill children in performances and, pre- and post-show evaluations at their bedside.
CADLab has generated over 100K over the years with support from BBC Children in Need, The Lottery Community Fund, The Grimmitt Trust, The W.A. Cadbury Trust, Heartlands Arts-NHS Trust and private donations.