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Comedian and author Julian Clary visit Shooting Star House

September 6, 2022

Comedy stalwart, presenter and children’s author Julian Clary enjoyed an afternoon chatting to children, young people and their families at Shooting Star Children’s Hospices last week.

Julian visited our west London hospice, Shooting Star House in Hampton, and spent time talking to children and families supported by us.

He treated them to a special reading of his hugely popular book series, The Bolds. The book, about a family of hyenas, is set just down the road in Teddington where Julian grew up. The children then helped Julian create some wonderful artwork including designing what a hyena’s wedding hat would look like, which created much laughter and imagination.

Families also enjoyed some summery seaside activities including kinetic sand crafting, mermaid and shell themed biscuit decorating and even a hunt in the hospice gardens to find some of the characters from Julian’s book series.

A supporter of the charity for many years, Julian said of the visit, “This is my second time visiting Shooting Star Children’s Hospices and it’s really nice coming here and doing a bit of The Bolds reading for everyone. I’m just very happy to be here and it’s such a lovely place.”

Julian also explained what he thought would happen if the much-loved characters of this book made a visit to our hospices; “I think if The Bolds came to the hospice, as very helpful hyenas they would do whatever they could do to help, but they would probably go wrong knowing The Bolds, so they would drop something or rub their bottoms on the wall! But their main gift is laughter and they would want to make everyone happy and laughing, and that would be what the children would remember their visit for!”

Karen Sugarman MBE, Executive Vice-President at Shooting Star Children’s Hospices said, “It was wonderful to welcome Julian back to Shooting Star House. His visit brought so much joy to everyone and listening to him read his latest children’s book The Bolds Go Green was a real treat. It was lovely that Julian also took some time to visit our memory garden.”