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We are a group of 4 friends, who two years ago were bought together when a mutual friend of ours received the devastating news that her 3-year-old daughter Ruby was diagnosed with a form of childhood cancer called Neuroblastoma. There was a frantic need for £500,000 to be raised to send Ruby to America for treatment which we achieved through sheer determination in under 8 months.

During this period, we gained so much support, not only from our local community but Ruby’s campaign reached far and wide. The support was incredible.

One thing we realised during all of the fundraising and seeing first-hand the impact this illness had, not only on Ruby but her family, was one we couldn’t ignore. There were many, many charities that provided amazing things such as holidays, respite and toys but no one was there when the rent needed to be paid and couldn’t, or the electric had been cut off due to the family not being able to pay. Both of Ruby’s parents had to give up work, one to stay with Ruby during her treatment and the other to look after Ruby’s brother Freddy. It soon became apparent what we needed to do. There was no help of this kind available.

This is where My Shining Star was born.  We now strive help with the financial hardship that these families face.  On average, it costs a family an additional £600 a month to live and when you consider either one or both parents may have to give up work, that’s a scary prospect. We now work closely with The Royal Marsden who refer families to us that are in desperate need of help. Since being registered last year we have given out £50,000 worth of grants to families which have gone towards helping pay mortgage/ rent arrears, child care, food bills, house hold bills to name just a few.

All of our grants have been paid using money we have had donated- when you think each of our grants is on average £2,000 we consistently need to be supported by Companies and Groups such as yours to be able to provide this support.  We are also the only registered charity of our kind so we expect requests to triple over the next couple of years as we become more established.
 
We are proud of the fact that we can make such a huge difference.  We have a lot to learn but we have also come a long way over the past year.


www.myshiningstaruk.co.uk



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