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.
The Blue Knights law Enforcement Motorcycle Club Invite all motorcyclists to take part in a Charity Ride on Sunday 8th July 2018 In Kent to support My Shining Star Charity. Blue Knights England II LEMC has this year chosen My Shining Star as our Charity for the next year. The Charity raises funds for the families of those Children who have been diagnosed with Cancer. On average it costs a family £600 a month to live and when you consider one or both parents may have to give up work that’s a huge amount of money. In the past year My Shining Star have given over £50.000 worth of grants to families.
We have arranged a Ride on the 8th July of around 140 miles across Kent to raise much needed funds. We welcome all motorcyclists, both serving officers and friends and families, as long as you ride a motorcycle.
The Blue knights Motorcycle Club is a non-profit organization consisting of active and retired law enforcement officers who enjoy riding motorcycles. The Blue Knights® LEMC have approximately 650 chapters, 19,500+ members in 11 Conferences within 29 countries. The traditional priorities of the Blue Knights LEMC is to support charities, promote a positive motorcycling image, to maintain a respectful and professional image as law enforcement personal.
If anyone is interested in supporting this charity please speak to PC 4887 Rob Whyte (Southend BTP) or PS 2600 Christian Baenziger (Victoria BTP). Both active members of the Blue Knights