Children’s hospice welcomes mayor

Published: Friday 26th August 16

The Mayor of Wandsworth, Cllr Richard Field, has paid a visit to one of the charities he is supporting this year, Shooting Star Chase.

This is the first time he has visited the charity, which is currently caring for 41 Wandsworth children with life-limiting conditions and their families. In total 700 families from across London and Surrey are being helped.

He was shown around Shooting Star House in Hampton, which offers a wide range of facilities including day care, a hydrotherapy pool and a sensory room. He also learned about the various services offered by the charity such as short breaks, a Hospice at Home service, a range of therapies and end of life care.

Shooting Star Chase supports families from diagnosis to end of life, and throughout bereavement, with free bespoke care 365 days a year. It costs £10m a year to run, and only ten per cent of that comes from the Government, so the charity relies on fundraising.

He was shown around by Sandi Hillery, Head of Care at the Hampton-based hospice, Head of Community Fundraising, Simon Beresford and David Burland, CEO.

The mayor said:

“I was humbled to meet the dedicated staff at Shooting Star Chase and see what a deep impact it has on the young children there and their families. This is a fantastic charity and I’m proud to support it during my year as mayor.”

David Burland, CEO of Shooting Star Chase, said:

“It was great welcoming Cllr Richard Field to the hospice and showing him how our services help families in Wandsworth, and those in need across London and Surrey. We’re very grateful to the Mayor for his support and forward to working with him over the coming year.”

This is one of two charities supported by Cllr Field during his mayoral year. The other is CCHF All About Kids which provides disadvantaged children with trips to the countryside and seaside. Find out more at www.wandsworth.gov.uk/mayor.

Read more about Shooting Star Chase at http://www.shootingstarchase.org.uk/.

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