Star of the Moment MARCH 2016

This month, we are highlighting transplant donation and how life saving these are. Our Jude Star is March’s Star of the Moment, so here is a little bit more about what struggles he has been through:

Jude has Intestinal Failure and now requires a Multi Visceral Transplant. He has been unable to feed normally since he was born. He was pre term and very sick it really became apparent that there was something very wrong when he began to have formula. We spent 2 years trying to feed via many routes including his small bowel. Jude failed to thrive and was very small and underweight so at 2 he commenced TPN ( Total Parental Nutrition) since starting TPN he has had many complications including a pulmonary embolism (blood clot in his lung) and recurrent line infections. Sadly he needs to be on his TPN 24 hours a day. He has had many surgeries this year to ensure we had tried everything to restore his bowel function. This being unsuccessful resulted in Jude being listed for Transplant.

What Jude’s Mum says about Share a Star:
Share a Star is a wonderful charity who really cares. Although Jessica is poorly herself, she always makes time to see if her ‘Stars’ are ok! Jude loves his star and will benefit from other organisations through Share a Star. We are really very lucky to be part of this wonderful charity.

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We shall be sending Jude a bunch of balloons and will continue to support Jude and his family. Next is his adventure to go to the theatre, due to Share a Star’s Oakley’s Outing! Please make sure you support organ donation, you could change lives

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Meridian News – Points of Light

Jessica was interviewed by Meridian News following her Points of Light award this week. The interview will be broadcast tonight at 6pm.

Jessica at ITV Feb 2016

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If you are not in the ITV Meridian broadcast area you can view online at ITV News/Meridian

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PM Awards Points of Light to Jessica

 

Point of Light winner Jessica Taylor
Jessica Taylor is today’s Point of Light for her work providing hope and support for hundreds of ill youngsters with her Share a Star charity. Here she explains the work she does and why she volunteers. Read more: http://bit.ly/1TlSATK

Posted by 10 Downing Street on Tuesday, 16 February 2016

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Sponsored by Gordon Engraving

Our latest sponsor for our Starlit Spring Ball is the manufacturer of our acrylic holding stars, Gordon Engraving Ltd of Canterbury

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Thank you for your sponsorship and for making our stars!

Tickets are selling fast for our ball – book yours now to avoid disappointment! http://shareastar.org/spring-ball-2016/

Starlit Spring Ball 2016

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Running Walking & Bike Challenge

You may remember Jennifer as a participant and fundraiser for Share A Star in the Great North Run for the last 2 years. [See her pic, far left on the photo below]. Jennifer met with Jessica after her 2nd run and is keen to continue supporting the charity.
She’s stepping up a gear (literally!) and will participate in 12 runs, a bike ride and a 100km walk over the next year. Wow!

Team Share A Star Runners!

Team Share A Star Runners! Jennifer is on the far left

If you are able to support Jennifer please visit her online giving page

https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/jenniferdavis3

Thanks for your continued support Jennifer!

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Sad News

We have some very sad news to report to you. Unfortunately our little Rocco Star passed away last night, after a very long journey with his condition. May the world remember his cheeky grin for years to come and we shall continue to look after his family.

‘Love like starlight never dies’

'Fly high rocket man'

‘Fly high rocket man’

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Our Sister Charity – PostPals

In September 2010, I lived in a hospital and I met this incredible young lady called Vikki George who runs Post Pals. At the time I couldn’t move or do much, so I sent Vikki one of the stars that covered my ceiling and was one of the reasons Share A Star began.

We stayed in the same hospital for a couple of weeks and I thought now is the time to tell you about the charity and founder who helped us so very much.

PostPalsis a registered charity that has a very simple but effective idea; to send happy post to seriously ill kids. They set up a page allowing you to see each “Pal” (seriously ill kid) and their story so you can choose who you send a smile in the post to. www.postpals.co.uk

Vikki is also severely unwell, yet she arranges a party annually. In this party it is insanely amazing but incredibly kind, knowing that I’m not well enough to organise one myself, they allow us to be a part of their party. Very kindly we join up together, not only to help very, very poorly children in hospital which we do as a double-trouble team. Additionally some Pals are referred to us to become Stars as well.

Thanks Team Post Pals, it’s an honour to work with you! #creatingsmilestogether

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Bookings Open for Starlit Spring Ball 2016

Starlit Spring Ball 2016Our Starlit Spring ball will be on 9 April 2016 in Upchurch, Kent.

This will be a fantastic celebration, fundraiser and chance to come and meet the team behind Share A Star at our glittering Black Tie Dinner & Dance.

Tickets are on sale now £30pp

See our Events Page for details and booking. Book early – 20% of tickets sold already!

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Dynamo Makes Magic

Dynamo is known for making magic through his tricks, but in November 2015, he created it by going on behalf of Share a Star to visit our Ruth Star in hospital. Ruth is seriously chronically unwell and spends a huge amount of time in hospital being fed through tubes.

When Dynamo was a teen, he was also seriously unwell. The fact that he got better enough to live his dreams, means that he acts as a beacon of hope to chronically unwell youngsters. Having only spent two weeks of 2015 at home, we asked Ruth what would be a wish of a lifetime, and her answer was to meet her hero Dynamo.

We love spreading hope, so worked our hardest and managed to make this dream come true! We managed to keep it a secret from Ruth and her face was a picture when Dynamo walked into her hospital bay. He spent time with Ruth and did what he does best; create magic! A massive thank you to Dynamo, and all that work with him for fitting in a visit to Ruth so quickly.

Dynamo and Ruth StarThe event was covered by the Slough Express local newspaper. View the article at Slough Express

 

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GNR 2015 raised over £1,200 so far!

Online sponsorship is showing £935 raised by our #GNR2015 runners so far. With other donations and declared offline sponsorship the sum raised so far has grossed £1,228.25. Our Gift Aid return was £193, just from you agreeing to us claiming this back from Government.

GNR 2015

Sadie, Jennifer and Michael with our trustee Gail

There are more offline funds to be collected so we hope the total to rise….

Many thanks to our four runners who made it, unfortunately one had last minute transport issues and wasn’t able to get there on the day!

 

Thanks to Nick Bannister too, GNR 2015 Nick Bannister 1who wasn’t in our group photo but was there on the day!

 

 

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This time next week…

Our runners will have completed the Great North Run and will be relaxing, some making their way south again. So, to make it all worthwhile for them, if you haven’t had the chance to sponsor them and are able to do so please pick one of our runners and click on the link to see their online giving pages….

We have five runners lined up for this year’s Great North Run for you to support including two of Jessica’s carers, one sponsored by our care provider agency Pulse Community Healthcare, the other running as an independant!

Great North Run runners for Share A Star

Our runners this year are:

Sadie Hancock – “Wadie the Great North wunner!” Jessica’s carer…

Tendai Musendekwa [sponsored by Pulse Community Healthcare]

Jennifer Davis – this is Jennifer’s 2nd year running for Share A Star

Nicholas Bannister – Local lad No1 [Newcastle] “I am running the Great North Run this year to raise money for Share a Star. They are a fantastic organisation who have helped someone dear to me.”

Michael Price – Local Lad No2 [Newcastle] “Despite vowing never to run another Great North run, I once again find myself preparing to put myself through one of the world’s biggest half marathons! What better way to celebrate the day than knowing that you’ve helped put a smile on a sick child’s / young person’s face!”

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Tendai’s sponsorship page is live

Our final runner in the the Great North Run 2015 has now got her sponsorship page up and running. 

Tendai is running with sponsorship from her employer Pulse Healthcare but still needs your support to raise funds!

“So here I am asking for sponsorship for the half marathon, I will be smilingall the way so please dig deep, let’s do this!!!!”

Sponsor Tendai through her online giving page

Thanks. 

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Morrisons Great North Run 2015

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Team Share A Star Runners!

Team Share A Star Runners from last year’s race

We have five runners lined up for this year’s Great North Run for you to support including two of Jessica’s carers, one sponsored by our care provider agency Pulse Community Healthcare, the other running as an independant!

Pulse Community Healthcare

 

 

 

Our runners this year are:

  • Sadie Hancock – “Wadie the Great North wunner!” Jessica’s carer…

  • Tendai Musendekwa [sponsored by Pulse Community Healthcare]

  • Jennifer Davis – this is Jennifer’s 2nd year running for Share A Star

  • Nicholas Bannister – Local lad No1 [Newcastle] “I am running the Great North Run this year to raise money for Share a Star. They are a fantastic organisation who have helped someone dear to me.”

  • Michael Price – Local Lad No2 [Newcastle] “Despite vowing never to run another Great North run, I once again find myself preparing to put myself through one of the world’s biggest half marathons! What better way to celebrate the day than knowing that you’ve helped put a smile on a sick child’s / young person’s face!”

Click on their name to be redirected to their online giving page…..

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Rochester Grammar School Support – Incredible!

This year we have been greatly indebted to the incredibly kind support of Rochester Grammar School. Whilst being their “Charity of the Year” they have altogether raised over £3000 from their fundraising efforts.

Jessica and Lorraine attended the Founders Day Service at Rochester Cathedral which was followed by lunch and the Founders Day Fair which raised £1,800. Additionally Maisie Orange has held a number of cake sales at school and raised £1061! [photo awaited!]

Jessica and Oakley after the Founders Day Service

Let us tell you what this kind of fundraising can get us to: £20 buys a unique handmade holding star,£25 buys a basic balloon set to brighten someone’s day, £35 each buys us a basic Superstar Surprise gift set for a family in hospital, £100 helps us to fund our incredibly important project Forever a Star for bereaved families, whilst hundreds of pounds helps our Oakley’s Outing project.Your generous support has made a huge difference in enabling us to continue our important work, thank you!

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Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge

Our latest fundraiser is to attempt the Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge next weekend. Jo Mings is taking part in the challenge to raise funds for Share A Star.

Jo said

“I have decided to walk the 26 mile route for the most inspiring “Share a Star” charity. Jessica Taylor fell ill almost 10 years ago with ME (chronic fatigue syndrome) and has been on a rollecoaster journey battling this illness amongst many other complications. She setup the charity along with her family to support other severely ill children and teenagers, and provide opportunities for them to treated as children and teenagers accordingly, without their illnesses holding them back. They provide hope and a positive outlook. They organise outings and send special gifts and cards.

As an amazing person and friend, please join me in supporting Jessica and her fellow “stars”.”

To sponsor Jo please visit her online giving page https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/jomingsyorkshire3peaks 

“I love Yorkshire, I love walking, I love exploring.

I was looking for a challenge and what better way than to try to complete the Yorkshire 3 Peak challenge!
My team and I must complete the 26 mile route in 12 hours. 2 miles an hour doesn’t sound too difficult, but when there are 3 very big hills involved and the aim is to keep walking, who knows what the final time on the clock will be!”

Event date:

25-July-2015 07:00 –

25-July-2015 19:00

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Dragon Boat a success

Despite torrential downpour the SASOO team spirit was not dampened. For a team of untrained paddlers we did brilliantly. Thanks to all who participated and supported the work we do at Share A Star and towards Oakleys Outings.  

    
 

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Dragon Boat – how to paddle

For our novice Dragon Boat Paddlers (and that includes me!) here’s how to paddle!

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Fundraiser Pages – Dragon Boat Race

Dragon Boat RaceWe are just over a week away from our 1st ever Dragon Boat Race in conjunction with the KM Group. 

Our team “SASOO” is small but perfectly formed but we need to build some money to make all this effort worthwhile.

Here is a list of our individual team member’s fundraising pages. Please click on one and donate some money (don’t forget to raise your donation by 25% through Gift Aid if you are eligible)

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Spare Change?

 Do you have spare change in your pockets or cluttering up the bedside table? We have the answer! Coming soon, our new home collecting boxes. We will post details of how to get hold of these fundraising boxes and you can start collecting for Share a Star… 

Watch this space for details. 

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Dragon Boat Race – coming soon!

dragonboatOur team is building for the KM Group’s Dragon boat race on 5 July (but we are still looking for additional crew!)

Where? Mote Park, Maidstone

When? 5 July – racing from 1000hrs

Who? Could be you! Registration is £15 to include a team T-shirt – find out more here.

Here are some of our participants who have set up their own giving pages. Please support and sponsor them or if you can’t decide who, click on the Visit Our Events Page button at the bottom.

  • Richard Llewellyn’s fundraising page

    • “Hello. I’m really pleased to be helping Share A Star again in their fundraising endeavours. They thought I’d be keen because they know I like kayaking, I just kind of hope the lack of paddling skill I possess transfers better to rowing! Share A Star do some great work supporting severely unwell children and young people. Any support you can give will make an amazing difference.”
  • Sandi James’s  fundraising page

  • Brandon Longworth from Sky High Radio’s fundraising page

    • Steven Jenner has an injury preventing him from paddling but he’s going to add some rhythm by beating the dragon boat’s drum for us! So he needs some sponsorshiptoo!
  • Helen Crampton’s  fundraising page

 

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Register for Our Dragon Boat Team

A great fun day and a chance to participate in KM Group’s Dragon Boat Race  on July 5 at Mote Park, Maidstone. dragonboatWe are looking for a team of up to 33 members* to represent Share A Star and Oakley’s Outings. We ask for a small booking fee to cover our entry costs and a team t-shirt (or wet suit!). Above that we will be asking participants to raise sponsorship via our online events pages. We will have a Team page under our Team name “SaSOO” and individuals will be able to have their own giving page off the main page for your individual pleas to friends, family and strangers! Teams of 11 will compete in 3 races over a 250m course so the more members we have the less energy we will need!

Register and pay now via our events pageonly 33 places available!

£10 registration plus £5 for a team shirt.

*Anyone aged from 14 can take part

We will also be booking a stall to promote the charity and our work including the Oakley’s Outings project. So if your partner is racing perhaps you can volunteer to man the stall for an hour…

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Race the Dragon – July 5 – Save the Date!

Dragon Boat RaceShare A Star have just signed up for a boat at the KM Charity Team’s Dragon Boat Race in Mote Park, Maidstone on 5 July 2015.

We will be looking for a team of up to 33 members* to represent Share A Star and Oakley’s Outings. We will be looking for a small booking fee to cover our entry costs and a team t-shirt (or wet suit!). Above that we will be asking participants to raise sponsorship via our online events pages. We will have a Team page under our Team name “SaSOO” and individuals will be able to have their own giving page off the main page for your individual pleas to friends, family and strangers! Teams of 11 will compete in 3 races over a 250m course so the more members we have the less energy we will need!

*Anyone aged from 14 can take part

We will also be booking a stall to promote the charity and our work including the Oakley’s Outings project. So if your partner is racing perhaps you can volunteer to man the stall for an hour…

Look out for further news and how to register your interest in participating in our team.

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London Marathon Day is here

Good luck to anyone running in today’s London Marathon. Please make their efforts worthwhile for any charities they are supporting. 

Running shirtRochester Grammar School support the Share A Star charity and Simon Brown is representing the school and raising funds for Share A Star running in the London Marathon. Visit Simon’s online giving site at https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/simonbrown1 to sponsor him and help raise funds for the school’s chosen charity Share A Star

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New Collecting Tins

Here’s our latest collecting tins ready to go out….

 
Next to be seen in a very cooperative venue in Strood… More news to come! 

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New Brochures are here

We have redesigned our brochures describing the work of Share A Star and are very pleased with our sophisticated design. 

The brochures will be used at our fundraising events and for mailing.  

 

 

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New flyer available

Flyer 2015We have updated our flyer and incorporated our new venture Oakley’s Outings.

To download a pdf copy click the link here Combined Flyer 2015 or click on the picture, left.

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London Marathon Runner from RGS

Running shirtRochester Grammar School support the Share A Star charity and Simon Brown is representing the school and raising funds for Share A Star running in the London Marathon.

Visit Simon’s online giving site at https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/simonbrown1 to sponsor him and help raise funds for the school’s chosen charity Share A Star

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Oakley’s Outings Fundraiser Event

Kaz and Paula are organising a Spring Fair fundraiser for Oakley’s Outings in Strood on 25 April at St Francis Church Hall.

Please come along and support!

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Strain to sell tickets?

Kirsty Strain

We are so grateful to the lovely Kirsty Strain who donated 9 tickets for BURNISTOUN:LIVE tickets for the show in Glasgow and sold online raising £275 for Share A Star.

 

Thank you Kirsty!

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Rhys and Amy’s Manchester 10K Run!

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The sister of one of our Stars is taking part in the Manchester 10K Run on 10 May. Amy and her partner Rhys want to show how grateful they are for the support we have given Amy’s younger sister and are raising funds for Share A Star.

It is great that Amy and Rhys want to help us to help other youngsters and their families and we are so grateful.

If you would like to support our two runners then please visit their MyDonate fundraising page.

 

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