With only a few more sleeps until the big day we have been feeling very Christmassy at both our hospices, Christopher’s and Shooting Star House celebrating all things festive!Christopher’s, our Guildford hospice held its biggest ever Christmas Party welcoming 50 families who are supported by Shooting Star Children’s Hospices.

The hospice was transformed into the North and South Pole with magical grottos and elves aplenty where families could meet Father Christmas and receive a present or two!

With a Christmas jumper theme everyone looked thoroughly festive whilst they enjoyed some entertainment from family favourite Nicky Nacky Noo who put on a mesmerising magic show and balloon art.

The children (and parents) could enjoy some arts and crafts making some lovely Santa hats that could be personalised with names and stickers as well as some bespoke snowmen cards.

Rumbling tummies were appeased with gingerbread biscuits for icing which accompanied all the lovely food and refreshments on offer from the kitchen.

Anne Bridgman, Head of Care at Christopher’s said, “The feedback has been so wonderful – the families were able to catch up with friends made here at the hospice and make new friends too. A huge thank you to everyone in making such a fantastic festive day of fun!”

A wonderful Christmas time was also had at our Hampton hospice, Shooting Star House, which held two parties for supported families. The under 5s party welcomed entertainers Christmas for Kids, a company that visit children’s hospices with specially written shows designed to be multi-sensory, interactive and of course fun!

There was also a special appearance from Father Christmas who chatted to the children and gave out some lovely presents. One mum expressed how lovely it was to do such fun things with her son as a family.

The over 5s party celebrated Christmas with a tropical twist – a Hawaiian theme! With vibrant shirts and leis aplenty, nearly 100 family members enjoyed lots of singing and dancing with fun party games, filling the hospice with lots of laughter.

There was even a special visit from the Harlequins team who joined in with all the excitement and were up dancing from the first floor filler to the last kick of the Conga!

Father Christmas was also in attendance to meet the supported children and their siblings with plenty of presents for everyone.

Geraldine Sheedy, Head of Care at Shooting Star House said, “The families all left with huge smiles on their faces, one dad said ‘It had been the best party we have been to so far!’ A huge thank you to the Harlequins for coming along and well done to the team and everyone involved with the parties – which are always so special for the families.”

On behalf of everyone at Shooting Star Children’s Hospices we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.