Letter: Hospice charity cash boost

THE FIRST Horsham town centre collection for the recently merged local children’s hospices Shooting Star and CHASE took place in Christmas week and I would like to thank the people of Horsham for their generosity in raising £830.05.

The money will go directly towards helping us care for local families with a child or teenager not expected to reach their 19th birthday.

Following the merger the two charities are now able to provide respite, palliative and end-of-life care for more than 500 families.

The families we support are under great pressure and live in very stressful situations looking after their life-limited children.

Our area now covers West Sussex, Surrey and West London and dedicated help is given to families in their own homes through our ‘Hospice at Home’ service and at our two home-from-home children’s hospices, Christopher’s at Guildford and Shooting Star House at Hampton.

This support is provided 365 days a year at no cost to families and the contribution from the community is vital if we are to continue to offer the full range of our invaluable services to families that need our help; letting them down is not an option.

JOHN HASTINGS

Chairman, Horsham Friends of Shooting Star CHASE

Old Portsmouth Road, Artington, Guildford