Taking part in kayaking transformed Hannah’s life after facing some challenges at school. After 3 years, she became very skilled and was keen to compete at a higher level, however the costs were prohibitive for her family and they were unable to support her with it further. We awarded Hannah £3,750 for the purchase of a new kayak and the rental of Lee Valley for training.

Update November 2017
Hannah talked to Safety Rocks about being bullied at school, taking up Kayaking and becoming a Starr Trust Champion.Read more here.

Update December 2016
Listen to Hannah talking about her time in Dubai at the White Water Rafting Championships. She was competing with Team GB who brought back an incredible 2 Golds, a Silver and 2 Bronzes!

Hannah talked to Allison Ferns live in the studio at BBC Sussex on Tuesday afternoon November 29th.

Hannah at BBC Sussex

Update November 2016
Hannah was part of Team GB’s Ladies U23 in the Rafting World Championships in Dubai on November 2nd-5th, and brought home a fantastic 5 medals for Great Britain.

Rafting comprises of 4 individual disciplines: Sprint, Head to Head, Slalom and Endurance. The ladies U23 team was only formed in February this year and this was their first international event.

Hannah said “Being part of the World Championships was such an incredible experience. I am so proud of my team mates and our achievements and am extremely grateful to the Starr Trust for their financial support. As there is no national funding available, their help meant we were able to get out to Dubai and compete”.

For the full story, as well as pictures and a video from the World Championships, click here.

Update March 2016
Hannah has just been selected to be part of the GB Under 23 women’s rafting team. They have qualified to compete at the European Championships in Slovenia in May and the World Championships in October.
The team beat many more senior and established teams and are hotly tipped for podium finishes at both events. Congrats and good luck Hannah!

Hannah Kayaking

Update July 2015
Hannah and Kayleigh fundraised for us in an 8 hour Ergoathon on Saturday 15th August at Adur Outdoor Activities Centre in Shoreham-by-Sea.

They took up the challenge to paddle alternately on an Ergo machine for a total of 8 hours and they are asking if you, your friends and family would kindly sponsor them in this Challenge. Please go to their fundraising page to find out more.

Hannah says “The reason why we chose to do this challenge was to help repay the Starr Trust with as much as we could. I was honoured to get my grant and from the get go I wanted to help raise a bit of money so they could help other children like me. I found this challenge surprisingly hard considering I kayak, however, it has inspired me to raise more money for such an amazing charity

Hannah says: “I am really honoured to have been chosen as a Starr Champion. I will do my very best to make you all proud.

Her mum Claire says: “We can’t believe that you have chosen Hannah. She will get so much from the award, not only the equipment and training but meeting such inspiring, positive people from the Trust. I know that this award will touch many young people, not just Hannah, in the long term and i can’t thank the benefactors enough.