Thursday, May 28, 2015


Afternoon tea sees £45,000 raised for Shooting Star Chase

A Shooting Star Chase afternoon tea event, hosted by new Vice President Simon Cowell at The Dorchester in London, raised £45,000 for the leading children’s hospice charity.
Last week (May 22) the charity announced that the music mogul had accepted the offer of becoming their new Vice President as recognition of his tireless work in raising funds and awareness for the charity.
Cowell said: “It is a huge honour to have been asked to be Vice President of Shooting Star Chase children’s hospice. Everyone involved in the charity does an amazing job caring for babies, children and young people with life-limiting conditions as well as supporting their families.”
The Dorchester event marked the 10th anniversary of the opening of Shooting Star House in Hampton, one of two Shooting Star Chase hospices.
To raise funds for the charity, which needs £9.5 million a year to keep the care service running, a raffle and an auction was held, and the prizes included a box at the O2 Arena to see One Direction, a private film screening for 125 guests at a Cineworld cinema, and tickets in a box in the presence of HRH The Countess of Wessex for Lead Belly Fest at the Royal Albert Hall with Van Morrison, Jools Holland and special guests.
Attending the event was several celebrities including, the charity’s Patron, Dame Joan Collins; Brian McFadden and his wife, Vogue Williams; TV presenter Matt Johnson; Duncan James; Arlene Phillips; Sinitta and last year’s Britain’s Got Talent winner, Collabro.
Karen Sugarman, Director of Fundraising at Shooting Star Chase, said: “The afternoon tea at The Dorchester was a fantastic event and we are eternally grateful to Simon for hosting, and to all our supporters and celebrity friends who joined our amazing families to celebrate Shooting Star House’s 10th birthday and raise crucial funds for the charity.
“We are so proud and honoured that Simon and Lauren have accepted their new roles at Shooting Star Chase. Their passion and commitment to our work is overwhelming and I know they will help us to continue to make a significant and lasting difference to what we do to help families in the most unimaginable of circumstances.”

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