From babies to young people up to the age of 21, Shooting Star Children’s Hospices supports families from diagnosis to end of life and throughout bereavement with a range of nursing, practical, emotional and medical care.
We support families living in London and Surrey, providing care for the whole family and offering a bespoke service to suit their 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 includes a named key worker, a comprehensive range of therapies and support groups for the whole family, specialist nursing care and short breaks at our two hospices or in the family home, symptom management, end-of-life care and bereavement support.
Family support and therapies
We provide an extensive range of counselling, therapies and support groups for the whole family including parents, siblings and grandparents.Read more
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.Read more
Key worker support
Caring for a life-limiting child can be daunting and physically exhausting, it can be difficult to keep on top of things like hospital appointments, liaising with health care professionals and even generally having time to work out what is available for your child and family. That's why all families are allocated a key worker. As experienced care professionals, from the start they will get to know each family and develop an understanding of each child or young person's medical and individual needs. They are there to support and help families with any questions they may have.
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more