FOLLOWING the exciting announcement Michael Ball OBE will be performing at the London Palladium in aid of Shooting Star Children’s Hospices this June, the musical theatre legend visited children and families at the hospice for a morning of singing and fun.
Michael Ball, a Patron since 2009, visited the charity’s West London hospice; Shooting Star House in Hampton, which is one of two hospices run by Shooting Star Children’s Hospices. West London and Surrey’s only local children’s hospice supports around 700 families who have a baby, child, or young adult with a life-limiting condition, or who have been bereaved.
Michael spent time talking to children and families supported by the charity and joined in with some wonderful Michael-inspired arts and crafts including phantom mask decorating, a ‘hairspray’ station for some fun hair creations and a music therapy singing session.
Michael was also treated to a special Makaton version of Love Changes Everything performed by some of the charity’s Family Support Team. Makaton is a language programme using signs and symbols to help people communicate, which many of the children at Shooting Star Children’s Hospices and their families use.
Since becoming a patron 13 years ago, Michael has brought the world of music and stage to Shooting Star Children’s Hospices with three star-studded concerts, raising money for vital transportation at both hospices to help children and teenagers enjoy days out. He has also appeared on Celebrity Catchphrase winning £6,600 and in 2020 took part in a special virtual fundraiser with fellow singer and the charity’s Vice-President Tony Hadley.
Michael Ball OBE told Charity Today:
“It’s a total and utter joy to be back at Shooting Star Children’s Hospices after so long, to see the place coming alive again, and to see people thriving in this environment. The love, the positivity, and the creativity are undiminished by what we’ve been through over the last few years. I’ve supported this place for a long time and will continue to do so for many more years – it’s a privilege to be part of this family.”
Peter Hoskins, dad of 15-year-old Michael who is supported by the charity said:
“My Michael is very into his music, he plays guitar, drums, keyboards, so it was great to chat with Michael Ball, he showed a lot of interest in Michael’s history and I want to thank him for all he’s doing to support Shooting Star Children’s Hospices.”
Karen Sugarman MBE, Executive Vice-President at Shooting Star Children’s Hospices said:
“It was such a pleasure to welcome Michael Ball back to the hospice. He has been a truly incredible Patron of Shooting Star Children’s Hospices. We are so honoured to benefit from his fantastic show in June and in such an iconic venue. We are so proud of Michael and would also like to thank his fans, who have also shown so much loyalty over many years.”