As the Covid-19 pandemic took hold this year, insurance company, Lloyds of London asked employees across the world to nominate charities that were close to their heart and would benefit from financial support during this challenging time.

Choong, who works for Lloyds of London, nominated Shooting Star Children’s Hospices in memory of his youngest daughter Emilie, who was cared for at our Hampton hospice, Shooting Star House.

Choong said, “Emilie was diagnosed with Leukaemia at the age of four and was treated by Great Ormond Street Hospital. She passed away at the age of seven.”

Shooting Star Children’s Hospices cared for Emilie before she died, with one of her last wishes to spend time swimming with her family, dad Choong, mum Melissa and older sister Siena in our heated hydrotherapy pool.

“She loved swimming and splashing about with her sister Siena,” said Choong.

Choong found out his nomination had been successful in September and Shooting Star Children’s Hospices were set to receive a grant of £40,000.

“Shooting Star Children’s Hospices continues to help me and Melissa as parents, and our daughter Siena by providing bereavement support at events and at the annual memorial service. It’s just great news the nomination was successful and is very timely and helpful for the families the charity supports. I fell off my chair when the email came through!” said Choong.

Anne Carey, Head of Corporate Engagement at Shooting Star Children’s Hospices said¸ “We can’t thank Choong and Melissa enough for their support in making this happen. This amount of money will make such a difference, and really help Shooting Star Children’s Hospices provide the security we need to allow us to provide our vital services to families at this difficult time.”

There are many ways you and your company can get involved and support Shooting Star Children’s Hospices – find out more here. 

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