Charity of the Year Initiative

Here at Shooting Star we believe in giving something back to the local community, so each year we provide free advice and expertise to a charity or not-for-profit organisation which would not otherwise be able to afford ongoing PR.

We’re also keen to help out by fundraising for the charity wherever we can, and the team aren’t afraid to get involved with various events such as the Lincoln 10K and of course our popular ‘Quiz, Chips and Mushy Peas’ event, which is always an enjoyable way of raising extra cash for the cause.

We’ve championed several causes in Lincolnshire and, since opening an office in Bristol in 2016, we’ve decided to support two charities for the first time.

Throughout 2017, we are working with the Children’s Bereavement Centre in Newark, Nottinghamshire and Marmalade Trust which operates in Bristol and South Gloucestershire.

The Children’s Bereavement Centre has been providing unique support for children suffering from bereavement and loss in Nottinghamshire and parts of Lincolnshire for 14 years and now also offers outreach support, with hopes to expand this into Lincolnshire over the next few years.

Marmalade Trust was founded by Amy Perrin in 2013 when she identified a lack of events on Christmas Day for older people she knew were otherwise going to be on their own.

In 2016 the charity gave companionship and a Christmas meal to over 90 guests in five restaurant venues across Bristol. This year, the charity is expanding to include a buddy system which aims to support those who are most at risk of loneliness with finding new friendships throughout the year.


Here is just some of the fantastic feedback we’ve had from the worthwhile causes we have worked with since we first launched our Charity of the Year initiative in 2009:

“We have felt so privileged to have been Shooting Star’s Charity of the Year. Their flexibility, support and limitless energy has been priceless to the work of our charity. They have all been ‘stars’!” Vicky Thomson, CEO, Every-One (Charity of the Year 2016)

“I would like to say a massive thank you to Shooting Star… They have helped us promote many of our fundraising events, some of which they organised themselves” – Sam Maull, Ethan Maull ‘Up Yours To Cancer’ Foundation (Charity of the Year 2014)

“We have been so impressed with their efforts that we’re going to retain some of their services on a paid-for basis in 2016” – Malcolm Barham, Chief Executive, YMCA Lincolnshire (Charity of the Year 2015)

“The media training that the team [at Shooting Star] provided for our staff and the cutting services we utilised for monitoring our press activity really helped” – Janet Inman, Chief Executive of Lincolnshire Sports Partnership (Charity of the Year 2012)

“I would certainly recommend Shooting Star to any charity that is looking for a helping hand. They worked closely with us as a team to help raise the profile and awareness of Candles and did so with brilliant results” – Pam Connock, MBE, Candles (Charity of the Year 2011)

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