Friday, July 31, 2020


Tony Hadley & Friends Virtual Fundraiser

Date: Saturday 1st August 2020 - Sunday 16th August 2020

Where: Online,

Tony Hadley will be the host of a special virtual fundraiser this August in aid of Shooting Star Children’s Hospices. As a Vice-President of the charity, Tony will perform duets with special guests Michael Ball, a Patron of the charity, Shane Richie and Kaiser Chiefs’ frontman Ricky Wilson.

Simply make a donation of £5 on the online auction site, which will be live from 1st August, and you will be sent a link to watch the pre-recorded exclusive fundraiser.

The fundraiser will be presented by comedian Joel Dommett with special guest contributions from Shooting Star Children’s Hospices Royal Patron HRH The Countess of Wessex, Vice-Presidents Dame Joan Collins and Simon Cowell, and Patrons Philip Glenister and Laurence and Jackie Llewelyn-Bowen.


You will also have the chance to bid on some exclusive items in an online auction, including a one-off Dynasty jigsaw puzzle donated by Dame Joan Collins plus a Philip Treacy hat worn by Joan and a lace top worn on Dynasty.

Click the following Link from Saturday 1st August to donate and bid via the online auction site.

Please note: Only donations made via the online auction site (accessible via a button on this page from 1st August) will receive the link to the exclusive Tony Hadley fundraiser (donations made via this website will not include the link). Thank you.

An update from our Chief Executive, Nigel Harding

This is by far one of the most challenging and unprecedented times that many of us have had to face and I sincerely hope that you and your loved ones are safe and well at this difficult time.

At Shooting Star Children’s Hospices our main priority is to do all we can to maintain services where possible and ensure the safety of the children and families we care for, as well as our staff, volunteers and supporters. We are continuing to closely monitor developments in relation to COVID-19 and we’re following guidance from Public Health England, the UK Government and the World Health Organisation.

Please find information below outlining how the current situation is affecting Shooting Star Children’s Hospices.

Our hospices

The babies, children and young people we support have compromised immune systems, which places them in a high-risk category so we’ve had to make tough, but necessary, decisions to ensure they, and their families, are safe. The measures we currently have in place are:

  • We are continuing to provide end-of-life care and emergency or urgent respite (including symptom stays and step-down care). Planned respite at the hospices or in the family home is currently not available.
  • We are currently delivering all our clinical services from our Guildford hospice, Christopher’s. Whilst families continue to shield, our Hampton hospice, Shooting Star House, will remain closed from a care perspective, but we’re looking at how we can use it flexibly over the next 12 months.
  • We have launched a virtual hospice, including virtual groups, a closed Facebook page and an online resource ‘hub’, to continue to reach as many families as possible who are self-isolating at home.
  • Groups, events and Daycare have stopped, and professional courses and study days have been postponed.
  • Only supported families and care staff are permitted at the hospice.
  • Our care team are equipped with PPE and we have posters up reminding everyone to regularly wash their hands.
  • We’re being extra vigilant in terms of housekeeping to ensure high contact areas such as door handles, light switches and toilets are being thoroughly cleaned.

Fundraising and our shops

On Thursday 8th April, we were given the welcome news that the UK Government are stepping up to help charities. We are thankful that at a time when our vital services are most needed, services that play an important role in supporting the NHS, we will receive some funding from the Government. However, this funding will only help us in the short-term. We are, sadly, still very reliant on our incredible community of supporters to help us through the next few months to ensure we’ll be here long into the future. If you’d like to donate, please visit our coronavirus appeal page.

Our Sunrise Walk series

Due to the restrictions from the UK Government to minimise social contact and mass gatherings, we have had to come to the very difficult decision to cancel both our Sunrise Walk events in Richmond (Sunday 31st May) and Guildford (Sunday 28th June).

This has been a truly difficult decision for us to make and we realise how disappointing this will be for many of you. We know many of you will still want to support us, so we’ve launched a Virtual Sunrise Walk.

We are continuing to monitor the situation in relation to our Snowdon Sunrise Walk and we will keep you informed about this.

Our shops

We’re delighted that as of Tuesday 23rd June, our Cobham and Weybridge shops will re-open – please check here for the opening days and times. Please keep an eye on this page, and our social media pages, for more information as to when the rest of our shops will re-open. We are still unable to accept donations at any of our shops, including those that are open. We kindly ask that you do not leave donations outside any of our shops. Please do keep hold of them and we will be delighted to accept them when the current situation eases.

Our team

Following the government’s social distancing guidance and the impact this has had on our shops and fundraising, as well as the requirement to ‘work from home where possible’, we have had to make the very difficult decision to furlough some of our team under the Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

To ensure we have a team in place to safely continue to provide end-of-life care and urgent or emergency respite, all of our in-house nurses are now working out of our Guildford hospice, as well as many of our Health Care Assistants. Some of our nurses and carers have also been seconded to St Peter’s Hospital to support the work of the NHS.

If you need to contact a member of the team who has been furloughed, you will receive an out of office with the contact name and number of alternative member of staff who will be able to help with your enquiry at this time.


During this difficult and ever-changing situation, we would urge people living across London and Surrey to support us where they can, as we really do need you now more than ever.

You can do this by donating to our coronavirus appeal or perhaps you could set up a Facebook fundraiser? Those who were planning on taking part in an event for us that’s been cancelled or postponed can also still support our vital cause by taking on our virtual challenge.

Please do continue to check this page as we will update it as and when things change.

Thank you for your continued support,


Thursday, July 23, 2020


Whether you think of Joan Collins as aquatic cat-fighter Alexis Carrington on Dynasty or as the first film femme fatal to be murdered by a psychotic Santa in the 1972 horror classic Tales from the Crypt, the Hollywood icon reveals in a new interview with Andrew Goldman for The Originals podcast that her life off-screen was more harrowing than anything on TV.

Tuesday, July 21, 2020


Joan as Helene Junot in 'Sins' wearing a necklace and earings by Valentino

BID HERE ON Joan's Valentino worn necklace from 'SINS'

The Theatre Super auction will raise funds to save our forgotten but vital local theatres and support the freelancers who make theatre happen. Money raised will be split between Theatres Trust, Theatre Artists Fund, and Acting for Others.
Launched on the Chris Evans Virgin Radio Breakfast Show the initiative has been put together by the committee that ran the Scrubs Glorious Scrubs auction to raise money for the NHS and would now like to help the performing arts.
There really are some amazing prizes, that ordinarily money just can’t buy. We are incredibly grateful to all of the celebrities, theatre producers and companies who have so generously donated prizes.
Prizes include:
              Necklace & Earrings by Valentino, donated by Dame Joan Collins and worn in her 1985 mini series 'Sins'.. Joan also donated a signed copy of her 2011 bestseller 'The World According To Joan' ..
  • Lord Lloyd Webber has donated two VIP tickets to see Phantom of the Opera on Broadway; the prize also includes two BA Business Class flights and a three-night stay in New York hotel.
  • Dame Judi Dench has donated a painting.
  • Martin McDonagh has offered his own hand-annotated shooting script of Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri his BAFTA award-winning film.
  • Miriam Margolyes has offered tea at home as well as some incredible Harry Potter memorabilia.
  • Jamie Wilson has donated a VIP Package to Sister Act - two tickets to the press night performance and after-show party, meet and greet with Whoopi Goldberg and Jennifer Saunders, and an overnight stay in a hotel.
  • Jo Brand, comedian, presenter, and Theatres Trust Ambassador has donated Afternoon Tea for two with her at the Mayfair Hotel.
  • Actor and Theatres Trust Ambassador Pippa Bennett Warner has invited you to join her on the set of Gangs of London and meet with the cast as they film series two of the hit drama next February.
  • Be the guest of Radio 4’s Front Row and Theatres Trust Ambassador Samira Ahmed at a press night and after-show party and discuss the show in the interval
Do take a look and get bidding!
The auction runs until 10pm on Sunday 26 July 2020.

Saturday, July 11, 2020


Framed signed sketch from Joan to Nolan

For fans of Dynasty and the classic costumes of Legendary tv & film designer Nolan Miller, do not forget to check out the fabulous upcoming auction of a selection of his one of a kind sketches for his glamorous gowns for Hollywood's legendary ladies including Joan. The auction will be held online and at the Beverly Hills showroom of top entertainment memorabilia auction house, Julien's on July 18th as part of their 'Hollywood Legends & Explorer's auction
. You can check out the catalogue at the following link!


Thursday, July 2, 2020


Exciting news that Joan will join the cast of the international series 'Glow and Darkness' which also stars Jane Seymour, Denise Richards and Bruce Davidson...

Press Release July 1st 2020...

Glow & Darkness will narrate the time and life of some of the characters gravitating around the figure of Francisco de Asís, a time when ambition, cruelty, the clash of religion and the clash of Christian and Saracen cultures, make it a spectacular period in history, we find characters such as the Lionheart ( Bruce Davidson ) and Eleanor of Aquitaine ( Jane Seymour ).

The filming has an exceptional casting and a top-level technical team, in the cast we have a highly prestigious international cast such as Jane Seymour, Dennise Richards & Bruce Davison, in addition to great Spanish figures such as Fernando Gil, who presented a new film this Last Friday the 26th, with which he has already won his first international award as best actor for the film La strip de Álex .

The recording of the series passed through Morocco but due to the Pandemic it stopped last March and it is now in July when filming resumes in Spain.

This time Jose Luis Moreno announced his latest signing for the cast, the legendary Joan Collins. The actress is internationally known for her character as Alexis Carrington Colby in Dynasty , which has been one of the highest rated Prime Time shows in the history of television dramas. She played this character for nine years, earning her a Golden Globe and a People "s Choice Award in addition to numerous nominations in different categories.

Wednesday, July 1, 2020


Fan's of legendary costume designer Nolan Miller will be thrilled to hear that many of his classic design sketches for some of Hollywood's Legendary ladies including Joan along with Bette Davis, Ann Miller, Barbara Stanwyck, Susan Hayward, Ginger Rodgers, Cyd Charisse, Ann Margret, Diahann Carroll, Sophia Loren, Carol Channing, Lucille Ball, Eva Gabor & Joan Crawford and many others, will go up for auction on July 18th online and at Julien's Auctions exclusive Beverly Hills location.
You can view the catalogue here! Click Link Below!!


Nolan Miller catalogue with foreward by Joan..

People Magazine Article July 2020 --

Sketches of dresses worn by Dame Joan Collins, Elizabeth Taylor, and Farrah Fawcett are to go under the hammer at an upcoming Julien’s Auctions sale.

The Property from the Estate of Nolan Miller auction takes place on 18 July in Beverly Hills, with collectors also able to participate online.

The event features a collection of 127 lots, including more than 100 costume sketches. Highlights include a series of watercolor on board costume sketches for the series Dynasty, including a Collins costume sketch inscribed from the actress to Miller; several sketches of Taylor, including a sketch of the gown she wore as a presenter at the 1987 Academy Awards and a sketch of the gown she wore to the 1985 Golden Globe Awards inscribed from Taylor to Miller; and a Charlie’s Angels costume sketch and photograph inscribed from Fawcett to Miller.

Bette Davis and Ginger Rogers sketches also feature, as well as photographs, letters, notes, correspondence, and awards.

Commenting on the respected designer, who passed away in 2012, Collins stated: “All of these stars loved him, as I did.”

The brochure notes explain the late Miller, whose designs epitomised Hollywood glamour, not only designed garments for the original leading ladies of cinema but he also developed close friendships with Rogers, Davis, Collins, Taylor, Lana Turner, Lucille Ball, Sophia Loren, and Joan Crawford, among many others.

He brought the “fashion fantasy previously reserved for film to television and established a working relationship and friendship with Aaron Spelling”.

“He would create his most iconic and memorable looks for the television series Dynasty, which ran from 1981 to 1989. Joan Collins’ wardrobe from the series still inspires admirers to elevate their style goals,” the notes add....