Stars Out in Force to Support Hospice Project

Brief Life of Milo Inspires Major Fundraising Effort

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Donations to Milo's Appeal should be made to the Shooting Star Trust, Kathryn House, The Mews, 53 High Street, Hampton Hill, Tw12 1ND

The tragic early death of Milo Miers has proven to be the inspiration for a major fund raising effort. Milo, from Chiswick, died in 2002 of an incurable brain condition and the lack of a children's hospice in West London was all too stark a reality for his parents, Derek and Sally-Anne.

They have since put their efforts into supporting the Shooting Star Trust which is close to reaching its goal of building a hospice in Hampton. The project's funds look set to be boosted by a star-studded Gala performance, 'The Journey Through Life' at Richmond Theatre on the evening of Sunday 16th May.

In further support of this wonderful Gala, an array of performers and celebrities have designed and painted their personal interpretation of 'STARS.' Works donated include those from local celebrities such as Richard Briers and Sarah Greene.

The Auction will run until Monday, 24th May 2004. All paintings will be sent directly to the winning bidder upon receipt of payment. Click here to be taken directly to Celebrity Art Auction and to start bidding!

‘The Journey Through Life’, includes readings by stars, plus West End musical and play extracts. Stars Samantha Bond, Richard Briers, Maria Friedman, Nigel Havers, Maureen Lipman, Sir Trevor McDonald, Hayley Mills, Tony Robinson, Rufus Sewell, Prunella Scales, Timothy West and Greg Wise, and features performers from Chicken Shed Theatre Company, The Lion King and the Royal Ballet School (subject to availability).

Sir Trevor McDonald, OBE, a patron of the Trust said, " Children’s hospices are a very important development of the hospice movement, helping children who are terminally ill and their families to cope during a very stressful time. It is good news that The Shooting Star Trust Children’s Hospice Appeal is building a children’s hospice in Hampton. I particularly welcome the new ‘Friends of Shooting Star’ groups which have now been set up. I hope local people will be able to support as generously as possible."

The Shooting Star Hospice for Children will open in Hampton in summer 2004. It will provide care and support for terminally ill children and their families in the western half of London and North Surrey. By coming to the Gala, participating in this auction, or making a donation to The Shooting Star Trust, you can help a family near you through a difficult time.

The 'Stars' Gala is dedicated to Milo Miers 1999 - 2002 and Marsha McDonnell 1983 - 2003.

May 7, 2004