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.
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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.
Chair of Trustees
Andrew Coppel, a law graduate, started his career as a chartered accountant with PwC in 1973, then joined Morgan Grenfell as an investment banker where he worked in M&A and corporate banking. He moved on to a variety of cross sector board positions with Ratners Group (CFO), Sale Tilney (Chair/CEO), Queens Moat Houses (CEO), Jockey Club Racecourses (CEO) and De Vere Group (Chair/CEO). At De Vere, he led the five year task to build and crystallize value, in the process repaying virtually all of Lloyds Bank’s £1.1bn of debt.
He played a pivotal role at Tourism Ireland, acting as chairman for the cross-border body for seven years from its formation in 2000 under the Good Friday Agreement, and for which he was awarded a CBE. He was also non-exec chair of London Irish, a non-exec director of Crest Nicholson, a member of Lloyds Bank’s advisory board on Ireland and a non-exec director of The Bannatyne Group.
He is currently chairman of Dolphin Capital Investors, an AIM listed developer of real estate in Greece, Cyprus, Croatia and Turkey. Additionally, he is a director of St George’s Hill GC and sits on the House Committee at The Hurlingham Club in Fulham.
He is married with two adult children (corporate M&A lawyer at Allen & Overy and hospital doctor) and enjoys golf, tennis and rugby. His wife is a former banking supervisor at the Bank of England, Asthma UK charity trustee and a fundraiser for Shooting Star Children’s Hospices.
Simon Barker trained as a Chemical Engineer at Cambridge University, but for the last 25 years has pursued a career in software. He has founded a successful start-up and run established highly successful software businesses. He is currently Chief Executive Officer of Aquila Heywood – the leading provider of pensions administration software.
Simon’s son, Charlie, was born with a complex undiagnosed metabolic disorder. Charlie and his family were regular users of Shooting Star Children’s Hospices and Charlie passed away peacefully at Christopher’s when he 16 years old. Having experienced the care provided by Shooting Star Children’s Hospices first hand, Simon joined the board to help ensure the charity maintains sustainability long-term.
Simon lives with his wife Karen in Herne Hill, south London. He has two grown up step-children. He is a keen water-skier, snowboarder and cyclist as well as an avid theatre goer.
Paul Boughton, a chartered accountant, has worked on international acquisitions and business development for more than 30 years. Currently he is Non Executive Chairman of Quartix , a vehicle tracking and driver analytics business, and Business Development Director of Aventics, a German industrial pneumatics manufacturer.
He served as Corporate Development Director of industrial companies including IMI, Spectris, Consort Medical and Brammer. Paul has also been a Non Executive Director of other technology companies.
Paul lives in Esher, and is married with two adult children. He is a keen squash player, rugby supporter and sailor, being a member of Harlequins Rugby and Sandown Sports Clubs.
He is also Trustee and Treasurer of Missing People, the charity that helps and supports people who have gone missing and their families.
Andy Cosslett is an Operating Partner with private equity firm, Advent International. His role is to support and guide the company’s activities focused on the leisure, hospitality and consumer brand sectors. He is also non executive Director of the Rugby Football Union.
Andy was Chairman of the organising committee of the 2015 Rugby World Cup held in England. During the same period he was Chief Executive and then Chairman of the Fitness First group, a leading operator of health clubs around the world. He left the company in December 2015.
Andy was born and educated in Manchester. He has a BA (Hons) degree in Economics and a Masters degree in European Politics from the University of Manchester.
He was made a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing in 2008.
Andy has two children, Rob and Georgie who are now in their mid twenties and a step child, Ben who is 7 years old from Vietnam. Andy lives in Richmond with his partner, Ann and Ben.
He is a keen sportsman, loves music and tries to play the guitar.
Jon Craig studied medicine at Manchester University medical school and trained as a GP in the 1990s. He has worked in the military, the NHS and the private sector and has held positions in the UK and internationally. In more recent years he has held senior medical leadership positions.
After a number of years of globe-trotting, latterly as Medical Director for International SOS in China, Jon returned to the UK in 2014 as Regional Medical Director for Care UK’s NHS GP Out of Hours services across the southeast. In 2016 he became Deputy Medical Director of Greenbrook Healthcare, managing NHS urgent care services across London. He continues to work clinically as an urgent care GP one day each week to keep in touch with patients.
Jon lives in Guildford with his partner who is a primary school teacher and has two teenage children.
He is passionate about quality of care and is delighted to join the Board – he hopes that his experience will assist in maintaining and developing Shooting Star Children’s Hospices’s high standards for its children and families.
Jonathan Kembery is a solicitor and Chief Legal Officer with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, the leading international law firm.
Jonathan’s eldest son, Robbie, suffered with Infantile Batten Disease for over a decade. During that time, Robbie and the family were regular users of Christopher’s as well as other services for children with terminal conditions.
Jonathan lives in Wandsworth and is married with two other sons. In addition to his involvement with Shooting Star Children’s Hospices, Jonathan is a member of several bodies concerned with the regulation of legal services. His leisure interests include playing piano, coaching strength & conditioning for sport and supporting Bath RFC.
Professor Jayne Price is professor of Children’s Nursing at Kingston University and St George’s University London. She is both an adult and children’s nurse. Having undertaken her general nursing in her native Belfast during the years of the ‘troubles’, Jayne followed her great desire to become a children’s nurse which she did after a programme of study in Leeds. During that programme Jayne developed an interest in children’s oncology nursing and children’s palliative care.
That interest evolved and over the past 20 years she has continuously strove to improve care for children with cancer and palliative care needs through practice, education and research. She has published widely and presented both nationally and internationally within this sphere of practice. Jayne completed a competitively funded PhD in 2010 where she examined the needs of parents living through the loss of a child. She has won awards for teaching, practice and educational development.
Jayne has worked in collaboration with Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice since its inception, whilst working as Children’s Macmillan Nurse and later a Senior Lecturer at Queen’s University Belfast. She became Associate Professor and Professional Lead for Children’s Nursing at Kingston/St George’s University London early 2014 and became involved in the work of Shooting Star Children’s Hospices at that time. Jayne is delighted to become a Trustee and hopes she has much to contribute in this role.
Catherine van’t Riet is a Physiotherapist who has worked in healthcare leadership positions in England and in Australia where she lived for 11 years. She now works in South London as a clinical leader in a community health service. She enjoys getting involved in sport, theatre and local events.
Catherine is married to Richard and they have had two daughters. Their youngest daughter Anouk had a brain tumour, she died at the age of five having lived life to the full. It is Anouk’s life, her family’s experience and the support of Shooting Star Children’s Hospices that has inspired Catherine to join the board.