On a beautiful bright July afternoon, Christopher’s, our Guildford Hospice opened it’s doors and invited people to come and discover the work of a children’s hospice at our annual Open Day.
The day, open to everyone in the local community gave the perfect opportunity to learn more about the work Shooting Star Chase does, and how those interested can help support this work.
We welcomed over 100 supporters to the first Open Day since the refurbishment, allowing staff and volunteers to showcase the number of improvements that have taken place, including an extensive remodel of the reception, upgrade of the garden, installation of an amazing cinema room and fabulous new lighting and music system for the hydrotherapy pool.
Guests were taken on guided tours to see all the facilities first hand, with opportunities to meet some of the Care Team and ask questions. There was also a chance to meet and talk to different representatives from our fundraising teams including Challenge Events and Legacy as well as chance to find out more about volunteering with us.
Some of the charity’s Community and Corporate supporters used the day to present the amazing amounts of money they’d raised, whilst taking the chance to personally see and hear more about the place they are supporting.
The guests remarked on how informative the day was with comments including ‘Brilliant place, offering wonderful service;’ ‘Christopher’s is the most astonishing and positive place;’ ‘A most colourful and peaceful place;’ and ‘The whole place felt fresh, welcoming and relaxing. I can appreciate how valuable Christopher’s is to children and their families for whom you are an essential resource. What a fabulous place.’
No Shooting Star Chase event would be complete without some lovely tea and cakes on offer to enjoy whilst mingling with fellow supporters, staff and volunteers.
Georgina Goddard, Head of Supporter Development said, “The Open Day was a real success and we’d like to thank all those took the time to come along and find out more about Shooting Star Chase and the work we do. We simply couldn’t provide the care that’s so desperately needed without our wonderful supporters, so it’s really important to hold events such as this to showcase all we do, whilst dispelling any preconceptions people may have of what it is actually like in a children’s hospice. I must also extend a huge thank you to all the staff and volunteers involved in the day.”
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