Shooting Star Chase’s Guildford-based hospice, Christopher’s, kick-started its 15th birthday celebrations at our annual Summer Fun Day on Sunday, where over 150 supported children, siblings, parents and grandparents – as well as staff and volunteers – enjoyed the festivities.

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Held in the grounds of Christopher’s, the birthday-themed-day offered supported families have-a-go stalls; arts and crafts; face painting; donkey rides; a treasure hunt; a look inside vintage cars; the opportunity to meet Surrey Police dogs; and encounters with reptiles.

Supported sibling, Charlie, holds a boa constrictor

Attendees were also entertained by last year’s Voice UK contestant, Rozzy Turner; dancers; a supported family choir; a magician; a Surrey Police helicopter fly past; and clown Nicky Nacky Noo. The afternoon ended with prize-giving for the best crazy golfer, a birthday singsong and cutting of the birthday cake.

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The Summer Fun Day, which is totally free to supported children and their families at Christopher’s, has been an annual fixture at the hospice for over 13 years. The event enables children with life-limiting conditions and their families to meet other families and enjoy a fete-style day with activities for all abilities.

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Nicky Ludlow, whose 14-year-old son George has been supported by Christopher’s for over four years, said: “We plan our summer holidays around the Summer Fun Day we love it so much! Our son and daughter say it’s their favourite day of summer. This year has been particularly brilliant and it’s great to be celebrating the 15th birthday. Christopher’s means everything to us. It’s a second home for George and one of the only places he feels confident and relaxed.”

George's sister, Mia, tries the yucky dip!

Head of Care at Christopher’s, Geraldine Sheedy, said: “Everyone at Christopher’s had a fabulous 15th-birthday-themed Summer Fun Day and many families even said it was the best yet! I’d like to say a huge thank you to our staff and volunteers who gave their time and worked hard to ensure the event was a huge success – and of course, our generous supporters who enabled us to give our supported children and families some lovely memories.

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“All birthdays are important but a 15th is a bit of a milestone. We are proud to have supported hundreds of children with life-limiting conditions in the local area, all of which have been in desperate need of our help – and will continue to make every moment count for the families we currently care for. We have plans for our birthday celebrations to carry on throughout autumn – so watch this space!”