Shooting Star Children's Hospice
|Focus||"To provide short breaks and palliative care in a 'home from home' environment for children and young people with life-limiting conditions."|
|Origins||Hampton, London, United Kingdom|
|London and South-East England|
|250 approx. families|
|Dalton Leong, Caroline Beazley, Kim Darton, Judith Tidnam, Brian Stewart|
|Slogan||"Enhancing quality of life, when every moment counts."|
|Registered Charity number: 1047916|
Shooting Star Children's Hospice merged with CHASE hospice care for children in April 2011. See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shooting_Star_CHASE
The charity provides care, support and advice for children and young people with life-limiting conditions and their families. These care services are offered free of charge to families, 365 days a year.
Shooting Star opened in 2005 and today supports more than 250 families. The care services address the needs of the whole family, so as well as caring for the children and young people, there are activities and support groups for siblings, parents and other relatives.
The hospice, which is located in Hampton, London, consists of 10 children's bedrooms and 6 family rooms. Other facilities include a hydrotherapy pool and spa, a sensory room, a music therapy room, a family therapy room and wet and dry play areas.
It costs £3.5 million every year (£9,500 a day) to maintain the care services. With no long-term statutory funding, the majority of this comes from voluntary donations.
The Shooting Star Trust was founded in 1995 by Kathryn Turner MBE. (In 2007 Kathryn was awarded the Queen's Honour for her services to The Shooting Star Children's Hospice.)
After seven years of capital fundraising, the construction of Shooting Star House commenced in January 2003 and took two years to complete.
In 2008, 95.8 Capital FM's Help a London Child charity (known as Help a Capital Child from January 2011) supported the construction of an extension at Shooting Star House - The Cosmos Therapy Zone (which, fittingly, is 95.8 square metres in size). This enables additional therapeutic services to take place such as play therapy, music therapy and relaxation therapies.
Families benefit from Shooting Star’s care services in the community, in their own homes and at Shooting Star House, the purpose-built facility based in Hampton, Middlesex. These services include:
- Residential short breaks
- Sparkle Day Care
- Community Outreach care - care in the child's own home and community
- Family support and therapies including counselling, music therapy, complementary therapies
- End of life care
- Bereavement support
- Advocacy to facilitate access to other services
- Support for the whole family
- "Charles opens children's hospice". BBC News. 2006-02-21. Retrieved 2007-07-08.
- "History, Shooting Star". www.shootingstar.org. Retrieved 2009-07-25.
- "Capital Radio 95.8 Help A London Child - The Cosmos Therapy Zone". www.capitalradio.co.uk.
- "Our Care Services, Shooting Star". www.shootingstar.org. Retrieved 2009-07-25.