The one thing we can be sure of in these uncertain times is just how unbelievably amazing our supporters are. The help and love expressed by the community around us during such a challenging time, has been nothing short of incredible. With donations to our emergency appeal, supplies to ensure safety for our care team and families, fantastic innovative fundraising and of course good wishes to support Shooting Star Children’s Hospices.
With events postponed and our shops temporarily closed, the conventional ways of fundraising have had to be put on hold, however this hasn’t stopped our supporters, who have come up with clever, fun, kind and generous ways to support their local children’s hospice charity. Below are just a few of our super Shooting Star supporters.
Alcon UK have kindly donated hundreds of Systane eye drops to our Guildford hospice for our Care team to use, helping to provide relief from tired and gritty eyes. Thanks also to their logistics partner Movianto for organising safe deliver to Christopher’s.
Awesome Alice wanted to do something during the lockdown to support her local charities. So she decided to chop her locks (a whole 30cm ruler’s length!) so she could raise money for our emergency appeal, whilst also donating her hair to The Little Princess Trust. Alice has raised an amazing £2,642.50
Fantastic Guildford based rugby team Akuma Beavers tapped into the much loved British tradition and got quizzing to raise money for us! The team, who have raised thousands for us over the years, tested our supporters knowledge by holding a virtual pub quiz – with the first being so successful they’ve since held two more, one Hawaiian themed and another movie themed and have raised over £9,100 between them!
Long term supporter Ann, who’s 80, has been making the most of the summer sunshine and walking in her garden to raise money for her local children’s hospice charity. Starting on 1st June, Ann plans to continue until the end of August. Every day she walks 10 lengths of her garden (which is reasonably sized) and is thoroughly enjoying it, knowing it’s also good exercise for her osteoarthritis. She’s already had lots of pledges coming in from friends and family raising £1,000 so far.
After seven-year-old Arthur watched the video that some of our fantastic nurses and carers created to spread awareness and hope during this difficult time (you can watch it here), he was inspired to raise some money for his local children’s hospice charity! In a letter he shared with us he said “My mum showed me the song on your Facebook page of people singing. It made me want to raise money for you so I have had a sponsored lockdown buzz cut!” Arthur has always had long hair and never had it short so was a bit nervous! Amazing Arthur has raised £455 and says he’s very proud and happy that the hospice will have this money! And so you should be Arthur!
There is a bonanza of brilliant lockdown birthday fundraisers who are kindly asking for donations via Facebook fundraisers in lieu of birthday gifts! A very Happy Birthday and thank you to Caroline, Iris, Lois and Karen.
Brilliant Ben, a lifetime Queen’s Park Rangers fan said if he could raise £500 for us he would not only dye his hair red, he’d have ‘LFC’ – Liverpool Football Club – shaved into the back of his hair! Since then Ben’s totally smashed his £500 target – raising £1,693.89 and Ben is now a temporary Liverpool fan!
Being a fab fundraiser obviously runs in the family as Ben’s son Josh, as he also had the hair raising idea to dye his hair red, raising £200, and as a super worker working at Tesco supermarket, Josh took along a collection bucket to work and has raised £100! Meaning the fantastic pair have raised £2,000 between them!
Bringing live music to children through fun and interactive concerts Boogie Monsters held a love song special on their Facebook page asking people to come along, make a request, sing, dance and donate to Shooting Star Children’s Hospices.
With us all becoming seasoned quizzers during this time Ann and Jeff Brown tapped into this fun way to stay connected and learn some facts by holding a virtual quiz night and raising £1,410.
Brilliant Bruce has been a great supporter for Shooting Star Children’s Hospices over the years as a volunteer photographer – capturing wonderful moments and memories for the families we support. However he’s recently stepped out from behind the camera to perform a wonderfully self choreographed dance routine – complete with an amazing dance outfit! His marvellous moves have so far raised an amazing £3,500.
Christmas for Kids, a charity who devise and perform shows for free at children’s hospices, took on the 2.6 Challenge over April and May aiming to deliver 26 songs for children and adults alike to enjoy! Hoping to raise as much as they could for Shooting Star Children’s Hospices, the super talented bunch created 26 fun, interactive videos – with the final song in their series called ‘Soar’, a song specially written for Shooting Star Children’s Hospices by C4K alumni Adam Sharp. The video was cleverly performed collaboratively over the internet remotely by amazing actors from the last decade! You can watch the video here.
Helping us stay active whilst we stay at home – CLC Fitness held one of their weekly morning HIIT classes via Zoom and in lieu of payments accepted donations to Shooting Star Children’s Hospices.
Surrey brewery Crafty Brewing Company has launched a fundraising campaign to help local charities during this time of uncertainty. 10p from every pint or bottle sold from their ‘Grin and Beer it‘ range will be donated to the charities – including us!
Dan from our amazing Corporate Partner Krome Technologies, hopefully has his feet up after taking on the world’s first, and largest Virtual Ultra-Cycling Event – Race Across America (RAAM). Dan took on the ‘Race Across the West’ challenge – comprising of a gruelling 925 miles (1488km) in 12 days! Dan put the pedal to the metal finally finishing at 2am after a 19 hour stretch and raised a fantastic £1,035.
Darren is taking on the mega challenge of run not one but three marathons over the space of three weeks in order to raise as much as he can for his local children’s hospice charity.
On a particularly tough day when our care team were in the process of temporarily closing down our Hampton hospice, Shooting Star House, the delightful local Domino’s kindly gave a discount of 60% off some pizzas for the team to enjoy and recharge. What’s more the manager, who’s 17 year’s old, said she wanted to pay for the remaining 40% of the price out her own wages!
The team at Ensono, one of our fantastic Corporate partner’s, are doing a wealth of different things to support us during this difficult time. Staff have ‘given an hour of their salary’ to support us, and have been encouraged to sign up for payroll giving to give a regular donation from their salary every month. As well as this, their Events and Social club have decided to donate their regular £5 monthly fee from each member to their two charities – Shooting Star Children’s Hospices and Ty Hafan. The company will then match it with another £5, which will mean around £500 per month for their local children’s hospice charity.
Epic Epsom Rotary Club is kindly funding 27 oxygen cylinders for use at Christopher’s.
Stalwart supporters Freemasons of Middlesex have donated £5,000 to our emergency appeal as part of their 150 year anniversary celebrations. To mark the anniversary they have made donations to a number of local charities and we are delighted to have been one of the recipients.
Phenomenal Corporate partner Fourfront Group have launched a UK wide initiative ‘Hear-4-You’ which aims to provide a daily 15-minute conversation via the phone or video link to those who are feeling isolated and lonely. Not only are they supporting the community with this amazing initiative, as a longstanding corporate partner, for those who can’t volunteer their time, they are encouraging donations to our emergency appeal.
Whilst their pubs are currently closed, fantastic Corporate partner Fuller’s are encouraging their customers to donate what they’d usually spend on a glass of wine or pint with them to our appeal.
Green fingered Gill has raised over £2,000 selling plants to the local community in aid of Shooting Star Children’s Hospices.
In March, local cafe Georgia’s Kitchen had to close temporarily due to the lockdown. So the night before they closed, showing the true meaning of community spirit, Georgia donated some lovely food to our hospices – safe to say the cakes and treats were happily welcomed by our care team! And we’re pleased to say Georgia’s Kitchen is now open again to locals to enjoy!
With the usual season unable to be played, local football club Goldsworth Park Rangers put on their boots and held a sponsored back-garden penalty shoot out! The team scored very highly – raising a huge £5,375 for us!
This year was to be the 10th annual Gracie’s Golf Day, having raised an amazing amount for us over the years. Sadly due to the pandemic it had to be cancelled; however with Adrian Fisher Ltd and all of Gracie’s loyal supporters they have raised an amazing £4,000 this year!
Super supporter Graham couldn’t come into play music for the children at Christopher’s, so he did the next best thing and organised a virtual concert to perform to children and some of our care team from home! Everyone thoroughly enjoyed singing along and can’t wait to welcome Graham for a live performance hopefully very soon.
The Guildford Minis from Guildford Rugby Club are having a very tasty fundraising competition for us supported by the club sponsors Dentons Wealth. Ahead of their online summer party, they are holding a virtual bake-off competition, with all of the children who are part of the club encouraged to submit sporty cakes, funny cakes or pretty cakes for their online gallery. You can have a look at all the entrants here.
As the Hanworth Classic Car Show in Bushy Park wasn’t able to take place this year, our kind and generous supporters who would have displayed their cars have so far donated between them a huge £1,500.
After winning £100 on a competition on local radio station 96.4 Eagle, super supporter Helen didn’t think twice about donating her winnings to her local children’s hospice charity!
Local artist Holly is combining her creative flair with fundraising to support us during this difficult time. Hoping to encourage happiness and positivity. Holly has created a beautiful and colourful painting ‘Mr Koala’ and is donating a percentage of money from every sale of the print she sells. You can have a look at the print, which available in different sizes here.
At a time of exercise for the body and mind is so important, Jade is holding her Pilates classes via zoom and encouraging those taking part to donate to us!
11-year-old Kallum wrote a letter to us telling us about how he walks past Shooting Star House, our Hampton Hospice everyday. He said, “I would like to donate £40 of my own money, I feel sorry for the poor kids. I hope this helps you. Shooting Stars are meant for wishes and my only wish is the children get better. I pray for you on Friday night that you stay safe.”
Talented local photographer Laura wanted to use her talents and capture this very particular moment in time by taking photos of families on their doorsteps, whilst raising money for Shooting Star Children’s Hospices. She’s taken some amazing images of families supported by us and in doing so created some lovely memories for them to treasure. Her project has raised an amazing £2,001. You can see some photos here.
During an unsettling time for students with cancellation of their A-Level exams and rowing races, the oarsome LEH Hampton School Rowing Squad pulled together using indoor rowing machines and exercise bikes to complete a marathon each to raise money for their local children’s hospice charity – raising over £2,500!
Lily will be limbering up holding virtual dance classes for us all this week – with themes including Britney, Disney and the West End.
Everyone’s heard of the tough Three Peaks Challenge where brave walkers attempt to climb the three tallest peaks, Scafell Pike, Snowdon and Ben Nevis in the UK. During lockdown we may not be able to go to the peaks for such a challenge but that hasn’t stopped Maisie and Flora, two superhero sisters who decided to take on the challenge during lockdown and climb the equivalent distance on their stairs – all to raise money for Shooting Star Children’s Hospices. Using the stairs at home and equipped in the latest mountaineering fashion, Maisie and Flora shared the ascents required between them – 168 ascents for Scafell Pike, 187 ascents for Snowdon and the big one Ben Nevis – 232 ascents and reached new heights by completing the challenge with smiles on their faces! The girls (who hopefully now have their feet up!) have raised an amazing £885!
With the cancellation of their Charity Dinner event, supporters Major House decided they still wanted to find a way to raise money for their House charity, Shooting Star Children’s Hospices. So they held a charity auction and have raised a massive £5,025.
Guildford based company Medpharm kindly donated some much sought after hand sanitiser to our Guildford hospice, Christopher’s.
Legendary DJ and long time support Mike Read utilised his musical expertise to produce a fun, yet educational song for children and families to enjoy called ‘Wash your Hands’ all aid of Shooting Star Children’s Hospices. The silly song with a serious message is now available on Amazon, Itunes, Spotify, Google Play and Deezer.
Family and friends of Max the Brave have come together to celebrate his life and take part in the run 5, donate 5 and nominate 5 challenge to raise money for us during this difficult time. Max received end-of-life care at our Guildford hospice last year, sadly passing away in August.
Eilish, who is friends with Max’s family, will also be taking part in the 5 for 5 challenge in support of Shooting Star Children’s Hospices. Eilish’s daughter Aoife was on the same ward as Max at Great Ormond Street Hospital, sadly passing away in July last year.
Eilish has also kindly offered some very helpful and thoughtful supplies to our Guildford hospice including latex gloves, asbestos suits, tea and coffee for staff and families, packages for parents including slippers and socks and chocolates.
Local company Natural Baby Shower donated 1% of their sales over a weekend this April to support three charities, including Shooting Star Children’s Hospices.
The lovely people at Northbrook Fund have got birthday’s all wrapped up as they held a 50% off sale on wrapping paper with 20% cashback on all sales coming to Shooting Star Children’s Hospices.
Car enthusiast and book publisher extraordinaire Peter is creating a book about Rally tales and the Motor Championships of the past, and donating £2 of every book sale to us as his chosen charity.
With Zoom becoming the easiest and best way to communicate, Petersham Lodge have kindly funded the cost of six Zoom licenses for the Care Team to use. The Lodge have also donated some medical syringes too.
A huge thank you to staff from PGUK in Egham who were one of our first virtual cheque presentations. The company donated an amazing £5000 to their local children’s hospice charity!
A perfect way to let off steam and (tire out the kids!) Raver Tots dedicated one of their much loved raves to not only raise the roof but money for us over the Easter weekend!
Golf lovers may be tee-ed off they can’t get out to partake in 18 holes at the moment – but to fill the hole Richard from Real Golf Org has been broadcasting live golf tuition from his kitchen for golfers all around the world, raising an amazing £1027.50 with over 250 attendees tuning in!
Hair today, gone…today! Whilst in lockdown super supporter Robert wanted to do something for, in his words, a special charity – so braved the clippers for a full buzz cut – raising nearly£2000. What’s more The Wimbledon Fountain is kindly match funding this amazing amount! Also £500 has been donated from the All England Lawn Tennis Club as well!
Rose and her mum Jenny have been working as a team to make homemade face masks to sell in aid of Shooting Star Children’s Hospices. From scraps of fabric to old duvets, the mum and daughter team have got creative and made over 80 masks to sell via a stall outside their house. They were so popular they ran out of adult masks and had to make more and have raised an amazing £287.
Treating customers to tasty takeaways whilst raising money for their local children’s hospice charity – The Royal Oak in Guildford have already raised £300 for us so far.
The family of Orla are challenging budding runners to take on a 5km or 10km run anytime during July and fundraise for Shooting Star Children’s Hospices. The runs will be held in memory of their daughter Orla who was cared for at Christopher’s. Runners will also receive a medal for taking part! Find out more Run for Orla here.
Making the most of summer sunshine, Sara has planted some beautiful sunflowers to grow as high as she can and raise money for us! She’s already raised over £700 and we can’t wait to see how tall they grow over the coming months.
Super Scott has been taking part in a lot of quizzes during lockdown, so many in fact he was feeling rather confident during the most recent quiz and made a wager that he could achieve top marks in a logos round and if not he’d shave his head! Unfortunately question 17 proved just too tricky meaning Scott was to lose his locks. So to make it more of an event and help support his local children’s hospice charity, Scott hosted a Facebook Live and asked people to donate whilst they watched him have his had shaved raising a hair raising £347!
Stalwart supporters The Shepperton Friends Group usually hold a very successful quiz night ‘Quiz and Chips’ every year – so rather then cancel, they decided to hold a virtual ‘Quiz No Chips’ – the first being so successful they held another one and have raised a total of £1,500 between them.
At a time when PPE equipment is so very important, the super team at SHL Global in Thames Ditton donated 150 much needed surgical masks to our hospice to ensure our care team are properly protected. A huge thank you also goes to SR8 Group, (and to Fusion CL for introducing us!) for providing us with FFP3 masks at cost price, as well as giving us a big box of gloves for free as well! Essential PPE will help ensure we can continue to provide the vital care to vulnerable children.
It’s safe to say we’re all spending a lot more time in our kitchens at the moment – so if you are looking for some culinary inspiration supporter Steve has created a Lockdown Cookbook, full of delicious recipes, including vegan dishes for all the family to enjoy. What’s more a third of all sales will go to Shooting Star Children’s Hospices!
The Stewart Family are proving they’re a cut above the rest as they join forces to create a fun lockdown haircut to raise money in memory of their daughter Tamsin who was supported by Shooting Star Children’s Hospices at our Guildford hospice Christopher’s. Mum Amanda has braved the cutting talents of her partner Steve and daughter Hetty will be chief colourist using her hair chalks. The new ‘do’ won’t stop there; as once social distancing is relaxed Amanda plans to visit a friend of her daughter Shona to have the back of her head shaved and dyed!
Proving that neighbours become good friends, the residents of St James’ Avenue have come together during lockdown to lift their spirits and raise money for their local children’s hospice charity as well. From having a clear out, socialising and exercising at a distance with one another and donating ‘pocket money’ to Shooting Star Children’s Hospices – raising £2,000.
Super Sue is the owner of a one of our friendly therapy dogs, Alfie who is a regular visitor to our Guildford hospice to meet the children and bring smiles to their faces. Whilst Alfie and Sue aren’t able to visit, she’s decided that over the next month that Sue and her family are going to walk, run and cycle 205km – 1km for each child currently supported at Christopher’s.
It’s clear Surrey Police all have a bit of a sweet tooth and are very sweet too as they have raised £135 for us from tuck shop sales!
Tremendous Ted has made the most of his time at home by taking on a stay at home marathon in his garden to raise money for the charity that looked after his brother Hugh when he was younger. Hugh was supported by Shooting Star Children’s Hospices between 2013 and 2017 giving the family respite and preparing Hugh for major surgery. Ted completed the marathon over a month in his back garden and finished the day before Hugh 8th birthday and has raised £918!
Teddington Rugby Club have donated £330 – a month’s subscriptions from their 100 club!
Calvin Harris better watch out as there is a new superstar DJ in town! Triumphant Teddie, who has been supported by Shooting Star Children’s Hospices for a number of years wanted to do something to raise some money for the hospice he loves so much. So on Friday he hosted his very own Facebook live disco in support of us! Complete with disco lights, the best tunes and excellent dance moves Teddie raised an amazing £1100.
Tremendous Tim Parson’s has penned some wonderful books called Paramedic Chris. This lovely children’s book series are available as audiobooks, which are a great listen for small children in times like these, and what’s more 50% of sales are being donated to Shooting Star Children’s Hospices.
A huge thank you must go to our Volunteers whose support during the pandemic has been invaluable – from supporting us in the hospice, volunteering remotely, or if unable to fulfil their usual volunteer role, by continuing to support us and help raise funds and awareness.
Rock and pop duo Whisky Kittens held a live online gig on the ‘Corona gig’ page on Facebook this June performing covers with a twist and raising £130.