Shooting Star House, our Hampton hospice, opened their doors last week to host their Open Day. This was a chance for people in the community to come and discover the work of a children’s hospice and find out more about what Shooting Star Children’s Hospices do.
We hold Open Days at both hospices every year, and as well as learning more about our work, people can find out about all the ways they can support us, from volunteering or fundraising to leaving a legacy.
We welcomed 125 guests, allowing staff and volunteers a chance to showcase all the different areas and facilities available to the families. We were very happy to welcome representatives from local governments in some of the areas we support, including Mayor and Mayoress Sohi of Runnymede, Councillor Maddie Henson, Deputy Mayor of Croydon, Councillor Margaret Thompson, Mayor of Kingston, Councillor Janice Howard, Mayor of Merton and Councillor Edward Foley, Deputy Mayor of Merton.
Guests were taken on guided tours to see all the facilities first hand and have the opportunity to speak to the Care Team and ask any questions. They also had the chance to meet and talk to representatives from our fundraising teams including Legacy, Community, Challenge Events, Corporate as well as finding out about how they could volunteer with us.
We asked guests to let us know what the best thing about their visit was, and had a wide array of positive responses:
“The obvious dedication and skill of the staff”
“Wonderful to see what goes on inside Shooting Star Children’s Hospices. It has such a bright and positive atmosphere.”
“Inspiring staff who showed us excellent facilities.”
“The warm and gentle welcome from the staff – giving the feeling that this is indeed a warm, gentle place to be. A truly magnificent, community service and facility.”
“Being told how much some of the equipment costs. It makes you realise where the money is going”
“Warmth and compassion shown by all the team, friendly, happy, smiling individuals.”
After the tours guests were able to enjoy some tea and delicious cakes whilst speaking to fellow supporters, staff and volunteers.
Georgina Goddard, Head of Supporter Development said, “It’s wonderful to see the Open Day was so well received and that we had so many people come along to find out more about Shooting Star Children’s Hospices and the work we do. The days are a great opportunity to give supporters a real insight and see first hand what and how we help care for the children with life-limiting conditions, and their families. We couldn’t provide the care we do without our amazing supporters, so would like to thank all those who attended. Also a huge thanks to all the staff and volunteers who made the day possible.”
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