Making Every Moment Count with Shooting Star Chase

We’re normally home by 3.30 as the school is a short walk from the house. The children change out of their school clothes, have a quick snack and then settle down to play. I sometimes join them before I head off to cook dinner and they do some schoolwork.

4 pm – This is our ‘play’ hour. I encourage the children to play together and have fun. And do we have fun. It is also accompanied with some after school snacks and we share our day.

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Like all mums, my life revolves around my children and I am really thankful that I have them in my life. They are healthy and happy we thank our stars for this everyday. I also know that there are many families out there who do not share this joy and there are many children who have very ill health.

Shooting Star Chase is a leading children’s hospice charity caring for babies, children and young people with life-limiting conditions, and their families.  Whether lives are measured in days, weeks, months or years, its aim is to make every moment count. The charity supports families from diagnosis to end of life and throughout bereavement with a range of nursing, practical, emotional and medical care.

It is indeed sad when one loses a loved one and can be devastating when you lose a child. Shooting Stars’ new campaign is all about a new way to remember – through The Sunrise Walk.

Heather Tilley is a Family Support and Bereavement Counsellor for Shooting Star Chase, a leading children’s hospice charity caring for children in London and Surrey. She has over a decade of experience helping families accept and cope with the diagnosis of a child with a life limiting condition. 

She says –

My job is to help the families of children with life limiting conditions navigate from having to manage the news of the diagnosis through to life after loss. The impact on families can be devastating.  All their plans and assumptions for the future are shattered.  One thing I often hear from parents is that things are in ‘the wrong order’ if their child dies before them. They carry a huge burden of guilt alongside their grief.

As time passes it can be helpful to find new ways to remember. Our Sunrise Walk is a poignant, but positive way to commemorate a child who has died, whilst making a difference.  By taking part, you can help raise much-needed funds for the charity to continue providing a lifeline for other parents who are learning to live alongside the loss of a child.

With three routes to choose from in a picturesque setting, anyone can take part – whether you’re an experienced walker or enjoy a stroll with your family and friends.

The walk takes place on Sunday 31st May 2015 at 4:30am at the beautiful Ham House near Richmond, Surrey and starts with lighting a paper lantern to remember a loved one.

Pick wither a 10k or 20k route – both will take you past some stunning sights including Richmond Park, Richmond Hill, The Thames, Ham Common, Bushy Park and Home Park near Hampton Court Palace.

To be a part of this amazing campaign visit –

http://www.shootingstarchase.org.uk/sunrisewalk/

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