Supported Teens set the rules at our first Transition week

Shooting Star Children’s Hospices supports children and young people living with life-limiting conditions up until the age of 21. But what happens after that?

Roarsome afternoon in our new Sensory Courtyard

A beautiful sunny May afternoon provided the perfect backdrop for the grand opening of our Sensory Courtyard, situated in the centre of our Guildford hospice, Christopher’s. Some of our supported and bereaved families came along to enjoy the wonderful new space and sample the treats and sensory activities put on by our care team. 

A Day in a Life of a Hospice Nurse

This is part of our Summer edition of Shine magazine Our nurses are at the heart of the care we deliver, from respite to end-of-life care. Hospice nurses Georgia, Hannah and Jess explain why what they do is such a vital part of the care we provide.

Over two decades of supporting families

This is part of our Summer edition of Shine magazine We’re marking the 20th anniversary of when our Guildford hospice, Christopher’s, first opened its doors, looking back at some of our key moments that have shaped the charity.

Families had a skate time at Hampton Court Palace

It was an evening of magical festive fun at the beginning of the month, as supported and bereaved families came together at Hampton Court Palace ice rink for a spin on the ice!

Together for Short Lives’ Patron Mason Mount visits children and families supported by Shooting Star Children’s Hospices

On Thursday 28 October, Chelsea and England footballer Mason Mount spent the afternoon visiting children and families at our Guildford based hospice, Christopher’s.

Families come together for our first drop-in session

This September marked our first drop-in session at Shooting Star House, allowing families an opportunity to meet up with each other face to face for the first time in many months.

A wild time was had by all at our siblings’ days

Last month, both supported and bereaved siblings spent the day swinging, climbing, and zipping through the trees at Wild Wood Adventure in Guildford. As the first face-to-face siblings’ days since the pandemic, our care team wanted to ensure a day out full of fun and laughter so organised a day packed with activities to be enjoyed.

Welcoming families back

Many of the children we support are clinically extremely vulnerable, so whilst most restrictions in England have ended, we’re continuing with infection control measures to safeguard those we care for. Whilst ensuring this, we are slowly beginning to hold some events in our hospice gardens, holding a memory tree day and our first face to face Chill & Chat group since the start of the pandemic.

Children’s Hospice Week 2021

Monday 21 – Sunday 27 June marks this year’s Children’s Hospice Week. During this special week we’ll be showcasing the care and support we have provided to families and what this support has meant.