Shooting Star Chase
Michael is now a patron of Shooting Star Chase whose website can be found by clicking on this link
The Shooting Star Children’s Hospice provides care, support and advice for children and young people with life-limiting conditions and their families. These care services are offered free of charge to families, 365 days a year.
Shooting Star opened in 2005 and now supports 250 families. The care services are based around the needs of the whole family, so as well as caring for the children and young people, there are activities and support groups for siblings, parents and other relatives.
Families benefit from Shooting Star’s care services in the community, in their own homes and at Shooting Star House, the purpose-built facility based in Hampton, Middlesex. These services include Short Breaks (respite care), Day Care, Outreach Care, Family Support and Therapies and End of Life Care.
It costs £3 million every year (£8,000 a day) to maintain the care services offered by Shooting Star, and with no long-term statutory funding, the majority of this comes from voluntary donations, fundraising activities and events.
This wonderful organisation have asked if you could send any donations you want make to the usual fan club address (MBFC, P O Box 2073, Colchester, Essex, CO4 3WS) by cheque/postal/money order to “Shooting Star CHASE”, rather than doing it through the website. We can then forward them for the attention of a representative so they know they came from Michael’s fans.
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 Chase as one of our charities that we support and raised over £3000 for them at our Event in June 2012.