Shooting Star CHASE

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Shooting Star CHASE hospice care for children is a UK-based charity (No: 1042495). It is intended to support and provide palliative care to families with children who are not expected to reach the age of 19 because of illness or incurable disease. Shooting Star CHASE offers community based support to families in south west London, Surrey and Sussex and runs 2 children's hospices, Christopher's, which is based at Artington near Guildford and Shooting Star House in Hampton, London.

The 'Journey' statue at Christopher's


CHASE, the acronym, comes from Children's Hospice Association for the South East, was registered as a charity on 13 November 1994 after being inspired by an article in a national newspaper about a children's hospice in Birmingham. CHASE introduced its Community Care team on 10 May 1999 and Christopher's children's hospice was opened in November 2001.[1] The CHASE Ben Hollioake Fund was established after the death of the England and Surrey cricketer in 2002.[2]

The Countess of Wessex is currently Royal Patron.[3] Other Patrons include Chris Evans, Andrew Castle, Chris De Burgh, Adam Hollioake, Eric Clapton, Anthea Turner, Anneka Rice, Keeley Hawes and Phillip Schofield.[4]


Shooting Star CHASE receives minimal, short-term government funding but the majority of its revenue comes from donations and fundraising.


  1. ^ [1], CHASE website, February 2009. Retrieved February 5, 2009.
  2. ^ Jenny Thompson, Missing the World Cup hurt – Cook, Cricinfo, May 15, 2007. Retrieved August 5, 2008
  3. ^ Charities and special associations British Monarchy website. Retrieved August 5, 2008.
  4. ^ List of CHASE Patrons CHASE website. Retrieved March 18, 2010.

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