Champion A Champion

Can you help us create a new Starr Trust Champion and inspire a young person to be the very best that they can be?

It costs up to £5000 to support a new Champion and we owe it to the young people in our City to create as many as we can.

We understand that £5,000 is a lot of money, and that is why we have created our Champion a Champion campaign. By working together we know that even more young people can be helped. If you are able to donate £250 to our Champion a Champion campaign then you will be doing your bit to change a young life. Just 20 donations of £250 will see a new Starr Trust Champion start their journey.

By supporting this exciting campaign we will keep you posted every step of the way, so you can not only see who you have supported; you’ll also be able to follow their progress throughout the year. You’ll also be invited as a VIP to our Celebration Night in October to meet our Champions and hear their stories first hand, knowing that you have helped them fulfil their potential.

To donate, email or pay online at BT MyDonate (click here), quoting your name and “Champion A Champion”. You can make a single £250 donation or - if you are able - multiple donations. 

Your donation can make a massive difference! Please join us on this campaign and help the Starr Trust Champion a Champion!

Spinathon 2016

HUGE thanks to all who came along to our Spinathon on Saturday where we raised a whopping £1705 for ourselves and The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity.

Our popular annual Spinathon took place at Virgin Active Brighton on Saturday March 12th where Hurstpierpoint resident Nadia Bushell and her family were raising money for the The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity and the Starr Trust.

The event ran from 8.30am-5.30pm with lots of raffles and fun prizes throughout the day and non-members of the sports club that attended were able to use all the facilities for free. Hundreds of people came along and joined in the hourly spin sessions which made the day a huge success.

Nadia from Hurstpierpoint, whose young daughter was diagnosed with cancer in 2014, wanted to find a way of thanking The Royal Marsden for their amazing support at such a difficult time and decided to team up with the Starr Trust for the second year running.

All the proceeds from the event went to the Starr Trust and The Oak Centre for Children and Young People, based at The Royal Marsden in Sutton.

Special thanks go out to staff at Santander UK George Street, Hove and Shoreham; Virgin Active UK, Falmer, Spin Instructors – Fran, Lynn, Wendy, H and Ed; Claire Clements; Nadia, Simon and Daisy Bushnell.

Thanks to all the businesses who sponsored bikes and prizes:
Sherwood Solicitors
East Sussex Construction

Original Event Listing:

Come along to Virgin Active Brighton and join our Marathon Spinathon on Saturday 12 March 2016.

8.30am til 5.30pm. Do an hour or all day; it’s up to you!

Non members are welcome to use all the gym’s facilities on the day.

Lots of activities going on throughout the day: cake sale, nail bar, children’s entertainment and facepainting, raffle and fun prizes.

Minimum £5 donation per bike per 55 minute session.

All money raised to go to the Starr Trust and The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity.

Contact Us

The Starr Trust
Goldstone Business Centre
2 Goldstone St
United Kingdom

Edward Starr Awards

Events Team

Fundraising Team

Sponsored Tandem Jump

The Starr Trust are looking for participants to take part in Sponsored Tandem Jumps this summer at Headcorn Airstrip in Kent.

(plus minimum sponsorship £100)

Proceeds will go to the Starr Trust.

Danny Allen, who recently took part, says: “Being scared of heights, it was something which I never thought I would be able to do, but with the support of the Starr Trust and my friends it turned out to be one of the most exhilarating experiences of my life, so far…”

To find out how you can take part, telephone Nicky on 01273 778888 or email


Our Champions


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Edward Starr Awards are for Young People aged 10-18 living in the BN post code area, who want to achieve more in their lives through their potential in sports, arts or education. We provide:

  • financial grants up to £5000 to support training and development of skills
  • where possible, opportunities for connections and mentoring through our wider network of local experts

Applicants for an Award must come from a low income background and fit one or more of the following criteria:

  • don’t have family support
  • experiencing difficulties in their lives
  • have emotional, physical or learning challenges

Regardless of talent we are looking for applicants who need our support to help them grow as people. We are not necessarily looking for the next David Beckham or Jessie J, but looking to develop young people in our community to be the very best that they can be and achieve their untapped potential. We are looking for young people who see an opportunity for personal development but would be unable to move forward without our help. Edward Starr Awards are not about what you are now, but who you could become.
Click to see past Edward Starr Champions for guidance about the kinds of applications we fund. If you are still unsure whether or not you qualify for an award please contact the Awards Team.

When to Apply
Our next applications are being considered in June 2019. If you would like to apply for yourself or on behalf of someone else, please click here to download the forms and return to us before the 1st May 2019.

Any queries please contact the Awards Team at or call our office on 01273 715882.

For more information about the National criteria for Low Income Households follow these links:

Office For National Statistics Interactive Tool
JRF Report on UK Minimum Income Standard (2017)

Applications are now being welcomed for consideration in June 2019.
Click here to fill in the forms online, or download paper versions.


Championing Young People

The Starr Trust supports young people aged 10 - 18 to fulfil their potential in Art, Sport and Education with awards of up to £5000.

To apply for an Edward Starr Award please click here.

Get Involved

The Starr Trust thrives on passionate people and there are many ways you can get involved to harness your passion for a good cause.

We love to collaborate and make new relationships, so get in touch and help us in our work. We’d love to get to know you and support you while you support us.

In the left hand column you will find lots of ways that you can get involved, from sponsored challenges to holding fundraising parties.

If you would like to make a general donation, then you can here.

About Us

We are The Starr Trust, registered Charity no. 1127497, formed to support young people to fulfill their potential.

We are an independent, family run charity. Our income comes entirely from community fundraising and events, and donations from generous companies and individuals.

Our Mission

To support young people aged 10 –18 to fulfil their potential through sports, arts and education, by giving a helping hand to achieve their goals at a time when they really need it. We provide:

  • financial grants up to £5000 for young people in need living in the BN post code area of the UK (Edward Starr Awards)
  • training and development of skills
  • connections and mentoring

We do this through local fundraising, events, creating local networks of mentors and other interested professionals, providing opportunities for training and skills sharing and connecting communities locally and around the world. We aim to encourage independent thinking, entrepreneurship and a social conscience in young people through all our activities.

Our Vision

We believe in a world in which young people are supported to achieve their fullest potential; where they flourish as individuals whilst making a positive contribution to their community, and in turn are recognised for their achievements.

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