Michael is a patron of Shooting Star Children’s Hospices whose website can be found by clicking on this link.
Shooting Star Children’s Hospices supports 700 babies, children and young people with life-limiting conditions, and their families living in London and Surrey. Our bespoke support is available 365 days a year at our two purpose build children’s hospices and in their own homes at no cost to the families. Our bespoke support is free of charge to families and includes a named keyworker, a comprehensive range of therapies and support groups for the whole family, specialist nursing care and short breaks at our two hospices (Shooting Star House in Hampton and Christopher’s in Guildford) or in the family home, symptom management, end-of-life care and bereavement support. It costs £10 million a year – £27,000 a day to run Shooting Star Children’s Hospices. Approximately 10% of our income comes from government funding so we rely on our supporters’ generosity to raise the difference to keep the service running. What’s more, we know there are many more families desperate for our vital support, so it’s crucial we raise more funds to provide more care.
Michael has brought the world of music and stage to the charity with three star-studded concerts, raising money for vital transportation at both hospices to help children and teenagers enjoy days out.
The charity benefited from a special evening at Michael’s award-winning ‘Sweeney Todd’, as well as winning £50,000 on ‘Celebrity Who Wants To Be A Millionaire’ and £6,600 on ‘Celebrity Catchphrase’.
On December 12 2009 Michael performed a concert at Feltonfleet School in Surrey to raise funds for the hospice. Michael’s 90-min set included Queen’s Don’t Stop Me Now, Elvis Presley’s The Impossible Dream and hits from Hairspray the musical and afterwards he said it was a night he’ll never forget. ‘Quite simply I had one of the best nights on stage that I can remember. The level of support from my family, my fans, Feltonfleet School and my production team has been staggering and I owe them a huge debt of gratitude and I can’t tell you how proud I am for all that was achieved. Here’s to the next one!’
The next one turned out to be at the Prince of Wales theatre in London on October 10 2010. Another amazing evening was had by all with lots of money being raised for the charity.
MBFC are proud to have adopted Shooting Star Children’s Hospices as one of our charities that we support and raised over £3000 for them at our Event in June 2012.