Shooting Star Chase received a number of very generous donations after heartless thieves raided our storage unit and stole £630 worth of goods back in November.

Thoughtful members of the public have been donating online, and one kind turn came from two local students who dropped into Shooting Star House in Hampton just before Christmas and donated 20 gift hampers for supported children after reading about the crime in the local paper.

The largest donation off the back of the theft came from Tesco headquarters, who sent us lots of lovely things, including a Sony 3D TV, iPads and Beats headphones. The items are worth a massive £2,390 – over three times the total cost of the stolen bikes – and will all be auctioned where they’ll have the potential to raise more than their value.

Tesco donation

The stolen items – a Boardman men’s road bike worth £500, and a child’s Raleigh bike and helmet worth £130 – were taken from the storage unit (which displayed our name on the door) around the 26th November, and reported to the police shortly after. The storage unit. which is no longer used, temporarily housed goods before going to Shooting Star Chase shops or being used for other fundraising activities.

It costs Shooting Star Chase £9.5 million a year to maintain our current level of care for over 650 children with life-limiting conditions and their families across London and Surrey, and we’re reliant on supporter’s generosity to keep the service running. The missing goods’ value of £630 could pay for four crisis visits from a Hospice at Home nurse during a medical emergency; the stabilisation of two children with worsening symptoms; and one memory box to help families capture precious memories of their child who has died.

Tesco donation 2

David Burland, CEO of Shooting Star Chase, said: “We are always overwhelmed by the generosity of our supporters at Christmas, particularly as budgets are often tight over the festive season. This year the community have rallied around the charity more than ever to ensure we don’t lose precious funds after the bike theft, and for this we are truly grateful.

“We’d like to say a very special thank you to Tesco, who have bowled us over with their extremely kind donations. The funds we’ll raise from auctioning their fantastic items really will go a long way in helping make every moment count for babies, children and teenagers with life-limiting conditions and their families.”

Danny Coleman-Cooke from Tesco said “Our Christmas campaign is all about delivering surprises to make people’s festive period special; as soon as we saw this story, we knew that we needed to do something to help. We always aim to support our local communities and I’m delighted that we are able to help bring some festive cheer to Shooting Star Chase this Christmas.”