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Project information

Music Therapy for One Year

Music is used as therapy because it helps children understand and express their feelings in a way they may not be able to do otherwise. A wide range of children can benefit - those who have been bereaved, children who are living with a disabled sibling or children who may be ill themselves.


Charity information: Shooting Star Chase children's hospice care

Shooting Star Chase children's hospice care logo
  • Need


    Children we support can find it difficult to communicate their feelings with words. Words can be hard to find, or inadequate in describing how they feel and many children with life-limited conditions are unable to speak or communicate verbally.


    Music therapy is a confidential space for children to explore, identify and articulate their feelings. It's an opportunity for children to be really honest about what is going on, without necessarily having to spell it out.

    The benefits of music therapy:
    - Improves emotional well-being
    - Shows a child a way to express their feelings
    - Develops confidence and self-esteem
    - Provides the opportunity to be in control, be heard and listened to
    - Helps manage pain and discomfort

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To provide a new language for children, so that they can communicate what they would like to say.


    » Music therapy is provided at both hospices, Christopher's in Guildford and Shooting Star House in Hampton, as well as in the children's own homes.

    What success will look like

    Success is to receive more positive interactions and responses, as well as feedback when possible. 'I have learnt that you let your feelings out, you are letting your worries go.'

  • Impact


    Distressed children can be made calm, sad children made to laugh, withdrawn children inspired to participate and children who feel they have nothing to enjoy given a focus as well as moments of hope and joy and peace.

    Our Music Therapists create coping mechanisms and unburden children through using the music to share what they feel.


    The biggest hurdle of children's therapy is that even if children can perfect the art of talking, it is difficult for them to articulate how they are feeling. This is where we use music in the form of creating compositions, songs, play-lists, albums and making-up music on the spot.


    You can choose to hear regularly from Shooting Star Chase by email or post. Supporters can also visit us at either of our hospices, Christopher's in Guildford or Shooting Star House in Hampton.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £60,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £57,000 Music Therapists The total annual cost of our Music Therapists
      £3,000 Music equipment Equipment can vary from percussion instruments to electric guitars

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Anonymous £9,828 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Music therapy is offered at both of our hospices, Christopher's in Guildford and Shooting Star House in Hampton, as well as in the children's own homes by our dedicated Hospice at Home team.


    Children are usually referred by the care team to see the music therapist if they are showing signs of distress, anger, grief or frustration. This can be due to a number of things: they could be a life-limited child whose condition has deteriorated and are frustrated that they are no longer as able-bodied as they once were. They might alternatively be a sibling who is coming to terms with their life-limited brother or sister's condition, or have recently experienced the death of their sibling.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Shooting Star Chase began life as two separate children’s hospice charities: The Shooting Star Children’s Hospice and CHASE hospice care for children. We have taken the heritage and proud history of care from both to become a leading children's hospice.

    Our care services have been judged as compliant in all areas, the highest achievable rating, in a Review of compliance by the Care Quality Commission, who regulate the standards of quality and safety provided by care services.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Sarah Hodkinson

    Music Therapist, Shooting Star House Children's Hospice

    Vicky Kammin

    Music Therapist, Christopher's Children's Hospice

'It has helped me cry less, and talk about my sister without always getting sad'

Child at Shooting Star CHASE