We asked you to join us on our very first Space Race mission, with our supersonic squad walking, running, cycling and scooting over the month of March to cover as many Earth miles as possible and what a hugely successful mission it was – raising thousands of pounds to help support Shooting Star Children’s Hospices.
We’re blown away by the interstellar support from everyone who took part! Our initial challenge was to launch our rocket to reach the moon, and, by using our special formula (50 space miles = 1 Earth mile) to cover the 4,777 miles it would take to get to our lunar destination. You certainly stepped up as this target was reached within the first weekend (!) – so we upped the mission and our awesome astronauts ended up covering a truly astronomical 46,836 miles and raising an out of the world £46,646!
The mission was inspired by lead astronaut and commander in chief Nicholas. Nicholas was born eight weeks premature, with a chromosomal abnormality. He was later diagnosed with lymphoedema, a chronic condition that causes swelling in the body’s tissues. Last year, during the coronavirus pandemic, Nicholas stayed with us for emergency respite. During his stays at our hospice, we helped Nicholas to build and launch his very own space rocket, which became the inspiration for the Shooting Star Space Race.
Our cosmic challengers included friends, colleagues, corporate supporters, individuals and supported families, all with the aim to cover lots of meteoric miles and raise money for their local children’s hospice charity. Astronaut Amy decided to run over 100 miles for her March moon mission, in memory of her daughter Robyn, who was cared for by Shooting Star Children’s Hospices – not only did she raise around £6,000 but finished her final run in style in a fantastic inflatable alien costume!
Amy is just one of our superstar space racers, who by taking on our mission and raising such a phenomenal amount, means we can continue to provide specialist care and make magical memories for children, and their families, for many lightyears to come.
We can’t wait for our next mission … keep your eyes to the skies!