It’s been a week packed full of Christmas celebrations at Shooting Star Chase – and the children and their families have had non-stop fun!

First came the Shooting Star House Ugly Bug Ball Christmas party for under 6’s, where there was singing, dancing, games and a fancy dress competition for the best bug won by Lucy in her amazing spider costume. Santa and his two elves popped by to give the children their presents just before everyone had a fake snow fight, covering each other in foam!

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Next up, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra came to Christopher’s and wowed the hospice staff and families with Christmas songs played on magnificent brass instruments including a trumpet, trombone and a tuba. The festive tunes included Silent Night, All I Want For Christmas Is You and Frozen’s Let It Go – which proved the most popular performance of the morning with the children.

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One of the musician’s daughter, four year old Juliette, even treated the audience to a rendition of Little Donkey which got everyone in the Christmas spirit.

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And on Monday 22nd both hospices hosted Christmas parties with extra special guests from Harlequins, Fulham FC and Brentford FC joining in the fun.

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Christopher’s party was Frozen themed and Anna, Elsa and Olaf from the film came along to meet the children; Santa was in his grotto handing out presents; and the England rugby captain, Chris Robshaw, and his team mates chatted to families and signed autographs.

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Shooting Star House had a school disco with lots of silly party games including an adults vs children quiz, which of course the youngsters won! Families made a fantastic effort with their costumes, dressing up in school uniform and the boys from Brentford FC got into the spirit dressing up as reindeer and elves. The dance floor was packed with a visit to see Santa in his grotto the only time many of the children and their parents took a break from dancing.

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After all the festivities and fun at Shooting Star Chase all that is left is to wish all our fantastic supported families and our amazing supporters a very Merry Christmas!