To celebrate the Rugby World Cup, super supporters the Akuma Beavers rugby team paid a visit to our Guildford hospice, Christopher’s to spend some time with some of the children and families supported by Shooting Star Children’s Hospices.

The team joined the children to tackle some rugby inspired activities, spending the morning painting some rugby cushions, crafting sensory Akuma Beaver faces, as well as creating and decorating tactile rugby balls.

Everyone’s artistic skills were also put to the test (channeling the Great British Bake Off) as they decorated some delicious rugby boot shaped biscuits – before doing the most important part – the taste test of course!

The Guildford based rugby 7s side also took the opportunity to drop off the remaining collection the side had picked up from a recent match – taking the total amount raised since supporting us to a phenomenal £30,000. The Akuma Beavers have raised money through a combination of events organised by the players including bucket collections, tournament prize money and even a Ladies Night!

Once the crafting and baking were finished the team joined the Tweenies group, a monthly event held at Christopher’s on a Saturday for supported children aged from 6 – 11 years old. The club do a variety of activities every month, have movie mornings, learn how to play instruments and recently had a special visit from a scientist to learn lots of fun experiments.

This month, our lovely volunteer and ukulele player Terry joined the group for a music session, teaching the children a song to sing and play along too. The Akuma Beavers were on hand to lend their dulcet tones – thoroughly enjoying singing and playing along.

There was also some ghoulish fun to be had ahead of Halloween – creating some creepy pumpkins filled with slimey worms (pumpkin spaghetti) and googly eyeballs (ping ping balls)! Mwah-ha-ha!

Barbie Hibbard, Play and Activities Coordinator at Christopher’s said, “It’s so lovely to have visits of this kind at our hospices. The children love meeting new friends, like the Akuma Beavers, and it’s great for the team to be able to see for themselves what their amazing fundraising can help go towards. A huge thank you the players and of course their mascot for taking the time to come and see us and for their amazing fundraising efforts.”

We run regular groups and events for children with life-limiting conditions and their siblings of all ages. Find out more about the support we offer here.