There are lots of fun ways you can raise money for Shooting Star Children's Hospices.
Our volunteers give a lot, and they get a lot too. See what benefits people have discovered through volunteering for us.
Run, walk, step, swim, cycle or skydive - find your perfect event to take on to raise money for Shooting Star Children's Hospices.
We'll work with you to develop a plan that helps your team achieve something amazing (and have fun too).
See how your gift will support life-limited children and their families.
Set up or donate to an online tribute fund.
Purchase a gift for a life-limited child, or much needed supplies to help create happy memories.
Your significant gift can make a real and lasting difference to families facing the unimaginable.
Read Axel’s story and help us be there for other families this Christmas.
Hop on your sleigh and join over 4,000 Santas for the London Santa Run!
We offer counselling, therapies and support groups for the whole family.
Our acceptance criteria, catchment areas and how we consider referrals.
Shooting Star House is our Hampton Hospice.
Christopher's is our Guildford Hospice.
Come and have a family swim in our warm hydrotherapy pool - simply view our calendar for available dates.
Other organisations and places to get support.
Read the stories of some of the families we support.
We offer a wide range of support for families caring for a life-limited child, including palliative and respite care, and bereavement support.
“Since she’s been coming to Shooting Star Children’s Hospices we haven’t looked back – Hollie adores coming.”
Planned or emergency short breaks for families in need of respite care.
Care visits to homes, allowing families time away from caring for their child.
Find out more about our referral criteria, catchment areas and contact details.
We offer placements to second and third year child-branch student nurses.
Take a look at the courses and study days we offer.
Find out more about our referral criteria, catchment area map and contact details.
Find out more and book onto one of our professional courses or study days.
The history of Shooting Star Children's Hospices.
Find your nearest Shooting Star Children's Hospices shop.
Have a question about Shooting Star Children's Hospices?
Download copies of our Annual Review, Quality Account and Annual Account.
Our leadership team are responsible for shaping our goals and ensuring we achieve them.
We are hugely grateful to our Patrons who support Shooting Star Children's Hospices in lots of different ways.
Our board of Trustees are a group of volunteers committed to helping us achieve our vision.
Discover the stories of the children and families we support.
We need to raise £10 million a year to keep going, and 90% of our funding comes from public donations.
Nigel joined Shooting Star Children’s Hospices in September 2018 as Chief Executive, bringing 20 years’ of experience in senior appointments in medical and palliative care.
Most recently Nigel was Chief Executive of St Joseph’s Hospice, where he remains a Trustee, and Chief Executive of Woking and Sam Beare Hospices. He previously worked as Director of Development at St John’s Hospice in St John’s Wood, and then moved to Ireland to run the Mount Carmel Medical Group, a private health care company with three acute hospitals in Dublin, Kilkenny and Sligo.
If you were a Friendlie – which one would you be and why? It would have to be Professor Popplepants of course! He has an eye for business, works hard and is in touch with his creative side too!
Following a career in music, Karen joined Cancer Research UK as a volunteer before spending 15 years working with children and young people living with cancer and leukaemia. Having been aware of the vital importance of the hospice movement due to personal circumstances, it was in 2002 that Karen fulfilled her ambition to work in children’s palliative care when she joined The Shooting Star Trust.
In her current role as Executive Vice-President of Shooting Star Children’s Hospices, Karen helps to drive and develop specialist fundraising streams, creating high-profile events and key donor programmes to build longevity and sustainability. Karen works closely with her co Vice-Presidents, who include Tony Hadley and Simon Cowell, and the charities army of high profile Patrons an celebrity supporters.
Karen has been responsible for securing and speaking at private events, including Buckingham Palace and Downing Street, as well as leading on projects such as the X Factor charity singe and working with Patron Dame Joan Collins who has donated much of her vast wardrobe to many of the charity’s shops.
Most recently, Karen secured £250,000 funding from the ICAP Charity Day to refurbish our Guildford hospice, Christopher’s, and was responsible for working with NEXT to see the charity benefit from the retailers 5p carrier bag levy, raising £300,000 over three years.
Karen has recently become a weekend volunteer at one of our charity shops and looks forward to a weekly visit from some very special four-legged friends: “They know I have a jar of doggy biscuits under the counter. I now know all the dogs by their names; Gilbert the puppy loves our shop!”
Best thing about Shooting Star Children’s Hospices:
“Working with an incredible team across the charity and helping to create some very special memories for the children and families we support.”
If Karen was one of the Friendlies, she would be…
It would have to be Sugar, of course!
Director of Finance & Resources
Jenny joined Shooting Star Children’s Hospices in March 2017 as Head of Finance, becoming Director of Finance & Resources in October 2019. Having qualified as a Chartered Accountant over 25 years ago, she brings almost 20 years’ of experience in senior roles within financial services organisations.
Prior to joining Shooting Star Children’s Hospices, Jenny had taken a year’s sabbatical after working as Chief Accounting Officer for eight years at Premium Credit Ltd, the number one premium finance company in the UK, providing finance to customers to pay for insurance premiums, school fees, membership fees, season tickets and more. She previously worked for Motability Operations as Head of Finance Services. As operators of the Motability Scheme, their aim is to provide a wide range of cars, Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles, scooters and powered wheelchairs that meet its customers’ disability needs.
“I find my job incredibly rewarding – seeing first hand what a difference our care services make to supported families. My previous roles were challenging and rewarding for very different reasons, but at Shooting Star Children’s Hospices I see a much more genuine sense of appreciation for what I do and this makes me want to go the extra mile.”
If Jenny was one of the Friendlies, she would be…
It would have to be Beau of course – he has an eye on the money all the time!
Interim Director of HR
Having volunteered at Shooting Star Children’s Hospices for a year, Clare joined the leadership team as Interim Director of HR in October 2019. Prior to joining Shooting Star Children’s Hospices, Clare ran a successful HR consultancy working with various global clients on organisation effectiveness, change and culture.
Clare brings a wealth of HR experience having worked at director level at Diageo, a global leader in premium drinks, for 12 years. For example, in her role of Talent & Organisation Effectiveness Director Africa at Diageo, Clare was accountable for the development of the talent and organisation priorities across all African markets.
Clare has a passion for leadership development, employee engagement and releasing potential of all staff.
“Having volunteered at Shooting Star House for the past year, I am hugely motivated by all the staff working to deliver the absolute best care for children with life-limiting conditions, and their families, and feel proud to be part of something in my local community.”
If Clare was one of the Friendlies, she would be…
It would have to be Chuckles as he likes to look on the ‘bright side of life’ and keeps everyone smiling.
Director of Care
Helen joined Shooting Star Children’s Hospices as Director of Care in January 2015, bringing with her 30 years of nursing experience.. Helen has worked across a wide range of services in both children’s and adult’s care, setting up community children’s nursing services, developing pathways of care for children with cancer, working in practice education and child safeguarding, and as Head of Paediatric Services at West Middlesex University Hospital. Prior to joining Shooting Star Children’s Hospices, Helen was Associate Director of Operations, Women’s Health and Paediatrics in Acute Hospital services at Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals.
Helen undertook her nurse training in Hammersmith Hospital in west London and her professional qualifications include registration in both adult and paediatric nursing and in Post Graduate Health Service Management. Helen’s passion for high quality, compassionate care has driven her work to develop services to make a difference to the individual and their family and took on roles including paediatric oncology peer reviewer for the London Regional Office.
“I am regularly humbled by people’s commitment, not just in the care team but from everyone else who supports the work. There is an absolute commitment and focus on the families and an incredible willingness to go the extra mile to make every moment count.”
If Helen was one of the Friendlies, she would be…
Nurse Luffley: Caring, talented and likes to dance.
Director of Fundraising Operations
Sally brings a wealth of organisational knowledge and fundraising experience having joined The Shooting Star Trust in 2000. Focusing initially in the trusts and corporate field, Sally was instrumental in helping to achieve the £6.5 million capital appeal to build Shooting Star House. Following this, Sally spent ten years’ specialising in major donor and high profile event fundraising, with a focus on planning and executing the team’s annual strategy.
In her current role, Sally leads the entire fundraising team – Community, Corporate, Specialist, Challenge Events and Supporter Development – overseeing day-to-day operations as well as developing and implementing the fundraising strategy to maximise income generation and help ensure Shooting Star Children’s Hospices remains a leading children’s hospice charity.
“Fundraising, particularly in the current climate, can be challenging, but knowing that every day we’re making a difference to families who desperately need our care and support is hugely inspiring. That, and the fact we have such a dedicated team, makes my job incredibly rewarding.”
If Sally was one of the Friendlies, she would be…
Dazzler: Always looking for exciting new ways to raise money…bungee jumping anyone?!