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Summer’s story

Summer has been supported by Shooting Star Children’s Hospices since she was 18 months old. She has a life-limiting condition which affects her heart and lungs and is on oxygen and ventilated at all times. Despite this, like most girls her age, she loves singing. We helped Summer experience the #MagicOfChristmas by helping her get ready for a festive performance and fulfill her dream to sing on stage.

Summer’s parents Wendy and John said: “Summer needs 24-hour care, has a ventilator to keep her alive and is fed by a tube, but despite this she makes the most of every moment. She’s incredibly resilient and determined – she didn’t even have a voice until she was four and now there’s not a day that goes by without her doing what she loves most – singing.”

donation from you means we can help more children like Summer.

Supporting local families

Summer and her parents are just one of 700 families across Surrey and London who are supported by Shooting Star Children’s Hospices, at our hospices and through our Hospice at Home service.

For some families, Hospice at Home care is as simple as helping parents get their child ready for a festive performance or school play, just like Summer. For others, we’re there to support them through the darkest days by providing end-of-life care.

We’re needed now more than ever

This year, our Hospice at Home service has seen more children than ever needing end-of-life care and over the last six months alone, they have provided more than 500 hours of Hospice at Home care to families facing the unimaginable. The team supports families with practical and emotional support and nursing care to manage symptoms. This Christmas we will be there to give many families the chance to spend the last Christmas they have with their child, at home.

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