Shooting Star Chase’s Guildford-based hospice, Christopher’s, celebrated Chinese New Year and the year of the monkey this month with a special sensory day for supported children and siblings.

The Chinese-themed morning on Wednesday 17 February started with the ‘Hello’ song, welcoming each child in Chinese, followed by lots of games and arts and crafts.

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Staff and volunteers helped children make oriental fans and masks of the Chinese New Year animal from their birth year, which included rats, monkeys, tigers and pigs.

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Children also enjoyed feeling for Chinese New Year animal figures and flowers in multi-coloured rice and smelling potpourri, as well as having their faces painted.

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This was all before tucking into one of the hospices hearty lunches! A Chinese lion from the World Eagle Claw Association performed in the hospice for supported families in the afternoon – wowing children with the colourful dancing animal up and down the corridors. Happy Chinese New Year to all!

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