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5, 4, 3, 2, 1…Shooting Star Space Race has launched!

LOCAL children’s hospice charity, Shooting Star Children’s Hospices have launched a brand-new mission that’s sure to be a blast! From the 1st March, they are calling all budding astronauts and moon marvellers to join them on a very special mission – the Shooting Star Space Race.

Supporters can help their virtual rocket shoot for the moon by walking, running, cycling, and scooting as many miles as they can to help their rocket reach its lunar destination.

It’s an astronomical 238,855 miles to the moon, but don’t worry the charity have used a special Shooting Star formula (one Earth mile = 50 miles) so the Space Race team of fundraisers need to collectively cover 4,777 miles in 31 days to make the mission to the moon a success.

However you planet, this is an out of this world challenge that is fun for all ages – and as it runs (or should that be flies) over the whole of March you can ‘space’ out your miles to work for you.

Alexa DizonHead of Challenge Events at Shooting Star Children’s Hospices explains more:

“We’re super excited about the Shooting Star Space Race, particularly at a time when we’re all still feeling so very far apart. Although we may not be able to come together physically, we can only make our mission a success by working together as a team – a super Space Race team. So, we hope to have lots of budding astronauts eager to sign up and cover as many miles as they can over the month of March. With our mission now launched, it’s really easy to sign up and once you do, you’ll be taken to mission control where you’ll be given lots of fundraising tips and ideas on how to get started on your Earth miles!”

Shooting Star Children’s Hospices marvellous mission is inspired by Chief Astronaut Nicholas. Eight-year-old Nicholas has been supported by Shooting Star Children’s Hospices for three years. Last year, during the pandemic, he stayed at Christopher’s, the charity’s Guildford based hospice for emergency respite.

5, 4, 3, 2, 1…Shooting Star Space Race has launched!
Nicholas in the hospice garden with his cosmic creation ready for launch

Nicholas was born eight weeks premature, with a chromosomal abnormality. He was later diagnosed with lymphoedema, a chronic condition that causes swelling in the body’s tissues. Nicholas’ condition mainly affects his lungs, heart and bowel, and he has to have weekly immunoglobulin infusions in both legs to help protect his immune system. This means he has to spend a lot of time in hospital, something both his family and the hospital are keen to minimise if at all possible – particularly during this time.

So, Nicholas was over the moon when he stayed at the hospice for respite, so much so he decided to build and launch a space rocket, which became the inspiration for the Shooting Star Space Race.

By joining the Space Race team, you’ll be helping to ensure Shooting Star Children’s Hospices can continue to make every moment count for children just like Nicholas; giving them a chance to reach for the stars.

You can sign up for this cosmic virtual challenge at: www.shootingstar.org.uk/event/shooting-star-space-race/

To find out more about how Shooting Star Children’s Hospices are providing a lifeline to over 700 families across Surrey and London, please visit: www.shootingstar.org.uk

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