Winter Extravaganza 2017

Our Winter Extravaganza raised £28,000!

Huge thanks to all for helping us raise the biggest amount of money from any event ever!

We kicked off the festive season early this year with a brilliant fundraising evening. Held at the Hilton Brighton Metropole on 18th November, the Regency Suite glittered and sparkled with the help of David Hill from E3 Entertainment.

Our ‘Winter Musical Extravaganza: A Night at the Movies’ featured live entertainment from the talented Starr Trust Singers and some hilarious compèring from Mark Yexley. The cast wore dazzling costumes and put on a fabulous show with musical medleys from the movies. Guests were treated to a champagne reception followed by a delicious 3-course festive dinner and late night disco, and the evening ran like clockwork thanks to Sascha Koehler and his wonderful team at the Hilton.

Our Events Manager Tracey says “We are incredibly grateful to everyone that came and supported us. Our legendary Starr Trust Singers entertained 245 guests and the evening raised over £27,000 which is an incredible achievement. We couldn’t have managed this without our generous headline sponsor Drum Technologies, supported by Curation Corporation and Gemini Print. Local businesses also donated truly fantastic prizes which all helped raise money for the young people of Sussex. We can’t wait to see everyone again at our Winter Ball next year on November 17th.

Gemini Print Team
Nick Taylor with Stacey and Jonathon Bunn
John and Kerry from Drum
Jonathon Sothcott of Hereford Films with Janine Narissa and Nick Taylor
Michael Rogers and Lyndsey Brett of Design Interiors

Photos by Graham Franks Photography

Original event listing:

The Starr Trust presents ‘A Night At The Movies’.

Dinner, live entertainment and disco.

Tickets: £60
Table of 10: £550
Table of 12: £650

The Regency Suite
Hilton Brighton Metropole

Sponsored by E3 Group and Drum.

For tickets or for more information, call 01273 715882 or email

Winter Extravaganza Auction: click here to see the prizes on offer!

One Of Our Main Auction Prizes

Bid for this amazing prize provided by our Patron and Olympic Gold Ice Skating Champion Robin Cousins and Mark Naylor, Head Coach on ITV’s Dancing on Ice.

Up to six people will meet at 8.15 am on Sunday 17th December to spend an hour on the ice with Robin Cousins and Mark Naylor, learning basic skating techniques and, for the more advanced, taking part in a routine. Teas and coffees will kindly be provided by the Ice Rink.

This fabulous morning will be followed by an audio guided tour of the beautiful Brighton Pavilion. Experience a magical Christmas at the Royal Pavilion. The fires are lit, the candles are flickering, the spectacular Banqueting Room table is laid with after dinner treats and the palace is transformed with festive decorations and glittering trees. Dragons, birds, flowers and toys bring sparkle, glamour and Christmas cheer for all the family. 

Our fabulous Winter Extravaganza Launch party went off with a bang last Thursday evening, thanks to David Hill our event organiser at E3 Entertainment and our event sponsors at Hilton Brighton Metropole.

Guests were treated to delicious canapés and champagne and enjoyed a sneak preview of some of the Winter Ball ‘Night at the Movies’ songs, sung by the incredibly talented Starr Trust Singers.
We can’t wait to see them in full swing at the Hilton on November 18th.

Guests in photos below included:
Julia Beard, Gemini Print Group
Simon Nicholson,
Matt Turner and James Turner, Creative Pod
David Elphick, Juice Brighton
JordanWebb, We are Echo
Starr Trust included:  Rob Starr, Tracey Starr, Trish Starr and Nicole Carman
Volunteers and Ambassadors included: Della Hart, Susan Starr and Tony Wright.