Shooting Star Children’s Hospices has won this season's first Chelsea Foundation online charity poll, and will be holding bucket collections at Stamford Bridge before the game against Brighton and Hove Albion.
There are four matchdays available throughout the season for bucket collections, so the charities have been broken down into different categories: children's, medical, armed forces and community charities.Thousands of you took part in the first poll, the children's category, via this website, with Shooting Star Children Hospices, who are dedicated to providing care for babies, children and young people with life-limiting conditions, and their families, throughout Surrey and across 15 boroughs of London, coming out on top.As a leading children's hospice charity, they support families from diagnosis to end of life and throughout bereavement with a range of nursing, practical, emotional and medical care.The Charity's support is free of charge to families and includes a named key worker, a comprehensive range of therapies and support groups for the whole family, specialist nursing care and short breaks at their two hospices (Shooting Star House in Hampton and Christopher's in Guildford) or in the family home, symptom management, end-of-life care and bereavement support.It costs £10 million a year just to maintain the current level of care and around 10 per cent of their income comes from government funding, so the charity relies on supporters generosity to keep the service running.Nigel Harding, chief executive of Shooting Star Hospices, said: 'We are beyond thrilled to be the chosen children's charity for the bucket collection at the upcoming Chelsea v Brighton & Hove Albion match at Stamford Bridge.'We really feel truly honoured and offer huge thanks to everyone who took the time to vote for us.'We support children with life-limiting conditions, and their families, across 15 boroughs of London including areas around Chelsea's home ground, so fans who are able to donate to us on match day will be helping to directly support their local children's hospice charity.'90 per cent of our income is generated through fundraising by the general public so we are extremely grateful for opportunities like this to ensure we can continue to provide the vital care so desperately needed.'For more information on Shooting Stars Children’s Hospices, click here.