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Shine Summer 2022

Celebrating two decades of Shooting Star Children’s Hospices
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Our welcome for this digital edition of Shine is from our Director of Fundraising, Sally, who has been part of the Fundraising Team for over 22 years.

“I have always been so proud to work for Shooting Star Children’s Hospices and feel so privileged to have been on our incredible journey so far.

“This edition’s front cover image of HRH The Countess of Wessex’s recent visit to Shooting Star House, is just one example of this.

“Being part of our fundraising team is so rewarding, seeing the extraordinary efforts of all our remarkable supporters and the difference it has made, over so many years.

“Each and every incredible milestone over the last 20 years has only been achieved because of you. Your support enables our amazing care team to be there, every step of the way for the most inspirational children and their families. Thank you.

“I have so enjoyed reading this edition of Shine, being reminded of everything we have achieved together and feeling inspired for the future, and all things we can achieve for even more children and families, for many more years to come.”


If you’d like to receive the printed version of Shine magazine, which comes out twice a year, these are sent to everyone who has made a donation within the last 12 months, and opted in to receiving post.

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Supermarket staff vote supports children’s hospices

Morrisons staff and customers are now helping families caring for children with life-limiting conditions across the UK through in-store fundraising.

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Blooming lovely garden courtesy of Brewin Dolphin

This summer, investment management company and corporate supporter Brewin Dolphin is working with award-winning designer Paul Hervey-Brookes to create a garden for RHS Chelsea Flower Show taking place 24 - 28 May. The garden will then be generously donated and replanted at our Guildford hospice, Christopher’s, later this year.

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Hampton Hospice delivering for families

Living with a baby, child or young person with a life-limiting condition is extremely demanding, both mentally and physically. This is why our Hampton hospice is dedicated to offering a comprehensive range of therapies and specialist clinics for the whole family.

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Two decades of support

We’re marking the 20th anniversary of when our Guildford hospice, Christopher’s, first opened its doors, and looking back at some of the key moments that have shaped the charity.

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A look inside dramatherapy

Dramatherapy focuses on therapeutic aspects of drama and theatre, respecting the child’s pace and potential. Storytelling, enactment, roleplay, improvisation and games are just some of the examples of how it can be used to help the children and young adults we support, like 12-year-old Noor.

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Day in the life of a hospice nurse

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.

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Our Families

Humairaa’s Story

Living with someone with complex needs can be extremely demanding and affect each member of a family differently. 22-year-old Tamaana explains how Shooting Star Children’s Hospices has helped her navigate growing up with a sister who has a life-limiting condition.

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Zoë’s Story

Shooting Star Children’s Hospices have been part of Zoë, and her parents, Britt and Adrian’s lives since she was just eight weeks old. With her daughter now 14, Britt tells how Shooting Star Children’s Hospices has been the place her family can turn to.

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