First family chosen to benefit from Charlie's Star charity

First family chosen to benefit from Charlie's Star charity

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 5:46am 29th April 2019.

2 minute read

The Paddocks from Winterbourne Earls say they're 'totally honoured' to get support from the new Bulford based charity.

Charlie's Star launched last month, with the aim of giving respite holidays to families who have suffered the loss of a child under the age of 19.

£8,500 was launched at their very first event - which is enough to start providing those breaks this summer. 

Charlie's Star Logo


The first family to benefit from the charity's efforts has gone through some unspeakably tough times.

Both Abigail and Jessica Paddock passed away due to cystic fibrosis.

Jessica Paddock January 2019
Jessica Paddock from Winterbourne Earls, who died earlier this year

Abi lost her battle while staying at JacksPlace, the young adults wing of Naomi House children's hospice, while Jess had a double lung transplant and suffered complications afterwards.

Now, their family - parents Cheryl and Andy and sibling Summer, are getting the chance to spend some time away to relax and reflect.


Cheryl Paddock (pictured top with daughter Summer) has been speaking to Spire FM about how they feel 'humbled' to be supported by Charlie's Star, but that the trip will be 'bittersweet':

Charlie's Star is working to provide a fully-funded 7 day break for as many families as possible.

They'll arrange for the travel, accommodation, excursions, and any other expenses a family may face that could have been a barrier to them having a much needed break following bereavement.

The charity's patron is Salisbury Plain MP Claire Perry.

You can find out more about Charlie's Star on their website - where there's also a link to donate towards respite breaks for families.

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