Michael is a Patron of Shooting Star CHASE Children's hospice.
What is Shooting Star CHASE?
"Shooting Star CHASE is your local children's hospice service, a charity caring for local families with a child or teenager with a life-limiting condition. We currently help over 600 families living in western London, Surrey and West Sussex.
Our aim is to make every day count for these families. We are here for every step of their journey, sharing the good times and helping them through the tough times with practical, nursing and emotional support. "
A special birthday message to Michael for his 50th birthday (27 June 2012):
"Everyone at Shooting Star CHASE would like to wish one of our wonderful patrons, Michael Ball, a very happy 50th birthday today.
Michael has been supporting the charity since 2009 and often comes to visit us. Since Michael became a patron, Shooting Star CHASE has benefitted from two fundraising concerts including 'Michael Ball & Friends' at The Prince of Wales Theatre, a star-studded evening which included a duet with our Vice-President Tony Hadley.
Most recently, Michael organised a special gala performance of his current West End hit musical Sweeney Todd, in aid of Shooting Star CHASE.
Karen Sugarman, Director of Specialist Fundraising said: ' We are priviledged to have Michael as one of our patrons. His sunny personality and good nature has brought much happiness to everyone at Shooting Star CHASE and we send him lots of love for the future.'
Michael has generously asked that donations be made to Shooting Star CHASE in lieu of birthday presents."
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Having been nominated to participate in the Ice Bucket Challenge in aid of MNDA by Collabro, Michael took the challenge on 23 August 2014 and posted the video below as proof. We would like to second his plea to donate generously as it is for a really good cause.
In case you haven't heard about it yet, this is what the Ice Bucket Challenge is all about (courtesy of Wikipedia):
The Ice Bucket Challenge, sometimes called the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, is an activity involving dumping a bucket of ice water on one's head to promote awareness of the disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and encourage donations to research. It went viral throughout social media during mid 2014. In the United Kingdom, people also participate in the challenge for the Motor Neurone Disease Association.
The challenge dares nominated participants to be filmed having a bucket of ice water poured on their heads and challenging others to do the same. A common stipulation is that nominated people have 24 hours to comply or forfeit by way of a charitable financial donation.
And now, here is the video. Enjoy!
Wasn't he involved in another charity before?
Actually Michael has been associated with several charity organizations like Children in Need or the Royal Theatrical Fund. But what you are probably thinking of is his most personal charity: ROC - Research into Ovarian Cancer. This ceased to exist on 31 December 2005 after having reached its aims
of raising enough funding money and developing a test for early detection. Read all about ROC in our archives.