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How we help

From babies to young people up to the age of 21, Shooting Star Children’s Hospices support families from diagnosis to end of life and throughout bereavement with a range of nursing, practical, emotional and medical care. Receiving hospice care does not mean that a child’s death is imminent – in fact many who visit are living active lives but wish to have some time in a supportive, caring environment.

We support families living in London and Surrey, providing care for the whole family, offering a bespoke service to suit each member’s individual needs. Both of our hospices – Shooting Star House in Hampton and Christopher’s in Guildford – are rated Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission, putting us in the CQC’s top 3% of health and social care services in England.

Our support is free of charge to families, and available 365 days a year. Our care service includes short breaks, Hospice at Home, day care, symptom management, end-of-life care, bereavement care and a comprehensive range of therapies and support groups for the whole family.

Short breaks

Caring for a life-limited child or young person is emotionally and physically exhausting. That’s why we provide over 3,000 short breaks each year.

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Hospice at Home

Our Hospice at Home team make over 500 hours of visits each month, enabling parents to spend time with their other children, do the shopping, see friends, or even have a bath.

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Family support and therapies

We provide an extensive range of counselling, therapies and support groups for the whole family including parents, siblings and grandparents.

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Day care and preschool groups

Due to the complexity of medical needs, finding a suitable preschool is a challenge for the families of children with life-limiting conditions.

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End-of-life care

Our core mission is to provide expert nursing and medical care, including the management of difficult symptoms, for children at end of life in their preferred place of care.

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Bereavement support

Care does not stop after a child has died. We will continue to provide practical and emotional support for the entire family for as long as they need.

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