The Starr Trust Celebrates Helping over 4000 Kids
Last Thursday we held our annual Celebration Night; our favourite event of the year where we celebrate the lives and achievements of the 4580 young people we’ve helped over the past 9 years, and thank all those businesses and individuals who have made it possible. Over 200 people came together at the Sussex County Cricket Ground, where supporters had the chance to meet the young people whose lives have been transformed by their generosity.
It was a truly wonderful evening. The Boundary Rooms at the Cricket Ground were buzzing and we were thrilled to see so many of our supporters there. Local businesses including the Hilton Brighton Metropole, The Implant Centre, Crunch Accounting, Gemini Print, Teleticket, E3 and Drum were only a few of the many who attended and we’re so grateful for their continued support.
During the evening many families spoke of how our Edward Starr Awards had turned their children’s lives around. One of our Champion’s mums Maya talked about the financial difficulties her family had faced and how since receiving an award to help with his basketball costs, her 13 year old son Bako is now thriving and was recently chosen to play for Storm Basketball Club, one of the largest and most successful basketball clubs in the South East of England.
Highlights of the evening included recitals from 2 of our talented young Champions; Jasmine is an opera singer awarded a grant to attend the Guildhall and Zoe is now flourishing at drama school and spoke of how much her confidence has grown since receiving her award. The audience also heard from a young stage manager Connor Lovejoy who received his award 6 years ago and went on to graduate from the Brit School and Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.
We would like to thank all the lovely businesses and other supporters who came along and made the evening one of the best so far. As we go forward into our 10th year, next year’s Celebration Night will be very special indeed.