Shooting Star Children’s Hospices is very lucky to have such dedicated and amazing supporters and volunteers, and last Tuesday, two of our stalwart supporters, Jane and Dave Nash received a very special award acknowledging their support to the community.

The couple, who live in Shepperton, were presented a Spelthorne Civic Award from Mayoress Jean Pinkerton for their outstanding voluntary service to the community.  

The Shepperton Friends’ Group, was set up by Jane and Dave, alongside Jane’s mother Marian after they attended a talk from Shooting Star Trust founder Kate Turner about the need for children’s hospices in the area. The group has been generously supporting Shooting Star Children’s Hospices for over 18 years, raising funds and awareness through a wide range of events and activities. From their bi-annual Sparkle Ball held at Shepperton Studios, a twice yearly ‘Quiz and Chips’ evening to musical evenings, barbecues, fetes, raffles, sponsored walks, golf days, collection cans and in memory collections.

In July 2018 it was announced the group had achieved a tremendous fundraising milestone, with half a million pounds raised!

As well as their support for Shooting Star Children’s Hospices over the years, Jane has helped to run the 1st Shepperton Girl Guides, enabling it to keep running; and both Jane and Dave were active members of St Nicholas PTA helping to raise funds for the school and its chosen charities. Dave currently volunteers for ‘Care in Shepperton’, regularly driving the elderly to hospital and doctors appointments. Jane also volunteer’s once a week at Shooting Star Children’s Hospices supporter office in Addlestone, offering her time and expertise to the Communications team.

Jane Nash said, “We were really chuffed to get this award and have received so many lovely messages from friends and family, we also feel that in part this award is for all the people that have helped and supported in our voluntary work over the years too. We had a lovely time at the award ceremony. It was made even more special as three people we have known for years got awards too and of course having our daughters and our lovely grandson Callum there with us was wonderful.”

Our Friends Groups are not only crucial to raising funds, they spread awareness and encourage others to fundraise too. Find out more about the our Friends Groups here