Christmas is always a joyous occasion at Shooting Star Chase and this year was no different, with parties taking place at both hospices. Christopher’s was the first to deck the halls of the Guildford-based hospice and supporters Paul Strank Roofing donated toys for the children and siblings, and provided a wonderful buffet for the party. Children’s entertainer Nicky Nacky Noo got children in the Christmas spirit with storytelling, games and music, which was followed by a disco and Santa and his elves giving gifts to families in the grotto. Danny-Boy Hatcher, who plays Lee Carter in Eastenders, also joined the party and signed autographs for the children and siblings. He even let some girls put a glitter tattoo on his cheek!
Shooting Star House in Hampton was next to celebrate and the under 6s were treated to a Christmas story which they helped to act out – complete with flying snowballs and loud singing! Santa made the trip to visit supported families (but left Rudolf at home) in Hampton too, and gave bags of gifts to children who were beaming from ear to ear. Fulham players Ryan Tunniclife, Jazz Richards, Moussa Dembele and George Williams also joined in the festivities, chatting to families and having their photos taken with children.
And finally, the 7-21 year olds partied with class at a Strictly Come Dancing themed do the next week at Shooting Star House, where supported children and their families performed dances for Len, Bruno, Craig and Darcy (or people wearing masks of the judge’s faces). Reverend Gareth Wardell, Shooting Star House’s local vicar, brought along Libby the dog and they both waltzed around the dancefloor together, but two toddlers won the competition with their impromptu dance to Ed Sheeran’s Thinking Out Loud.
A huge thank you to everyone who donated presents to the hospices this year – your generosity is overwhelming and has brought lots of joy and happiness to the 700 families we support.