News Archive


June 2018

Champions’ Tuesday

Our 4th Champions’ Chats saw ten of our Champions embark on an amazing day out to the Isle of Wight on Sunday June 10th. They travelled to Hovertravel in Southsea on a beautiful and sunny day. They boarded…

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Sussex Golfers Club Together to Support Youngsters and raise over £4000!

We were delighted with the success of our eighth charity Golf Day, held on May 9th at the prestigious East Sussex National Golf Club and which raised an incredible £4,380 to help our young Champions. Over 50 golfers…

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Champions’ Tuesday

We are thrilled to share with you that our Champions have been offered a day trip to the beautiful Isle of Wight courtesy of Teleticket Travel and the 1823 Group who have offered them their very…

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May 2018

Two of our Champions prepare for the expedition of a lifetime!

We have teamed up with the British Exploring Society, who work with relatively small groups of young people to deliver transformational youth development in the wilderness. They create unique expeditions to challenge and transform the expectations and future…

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Champions’ Tuesday - Champions Chats

Whilst Meghan and Harry were signing their nuptials, Starr Trust Champions were being given a backstage tour of the Theatre Royal Brighton. The tour began at the Stage Door, which hundreds of famous actors have walked through. This…

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Champions’ Tuesday

Our Champions feature on BBC South Today and BBC Radio Sussex. The Wembley to Soweto Foundation, headed up by Director David Westhead, recently selected 2 of our Champions to attend their three week photography course at Brighton’s i360.…

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Rob Starr Reveals How the Starr Trust Came to Be

Ian Trevett, Director at Platinum Business Magazine talks to Rob Starr about his vision for the Starr Trust, which is going into its 10th year this September. “It was a visit from my dad’s window-cleaner that inspired me…

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Champions’ Tuesday – Exciting news about Stuart and Ava

Our Champion Stuart has been taking part in an amazing three week photography course being held courtesy of the Wembley to Soweto Foundation which is based at Brighton’s stunning i360. We have just heard…

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Champions’ Tuesday - Starr Trust teams up with Brighton and Hove Rotary

We have been working closely with Brighton and Hove Rotary Soiree helping three of our Champions fulfil their potential. At the end of last year we received £500 from the Rotary towards our Champion Macy’s ballet…

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Get Early Bird Tickets for Panto!

Christmas may seem a long way off but tickets are selling fast for E3’s production of Jack and the Beanstalk. Huge thanks to David Hill of E3 Productions. We are one of their Chosen Charities for…

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Champions’ Tuesday

Our Champion’s Outreach Manager Mel and Starr Trust Ambassador Claire Clements were delighted to be invited to Brighton and Hove Soiree Rotary Club’s Youth Festival on 28th April at the Barge on Brighton Marina. The event, which celebrated…

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April 2018

Champions’ Tuesday

We are very excited to share with you that two of our Champions are taking part in an amazing three week photography course being held courtesy of the Wembley to Soweto Foundation which will be based at Brighton’s…

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Champions’ Tuesday: Champions Chat at Raystede Animal Sanctuary

Seven of our Champions had a fantastic trip to Raystede Animal Sanctuary on the 3rd April 2018. Raystede covers 43 acres and cares for over 2000 animals a year, rehoming over 1000 animals and providing sanctuary to even…

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Thanks to our Easter Egg Hunt Volunteers

Many thanks to the volunteers at Brighton & Hove Rotary at the Easter Egg Hunt on good Friday for keeping smiling through a wet morning! Our Champion Lee was the Easter Bunny, and the event was…

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March 2018

Champions’ Chats

We received some really positive feedback from our Champions who attended the Audition Chat held at E3 last month. Next month our Champions will be going to Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare on Tuesday April 3rd.…

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Thanks to our Easter Egg Hunt Volunteers

Huge thanks to our Champion Lee and his family Keith and Mary; to our Ambassador Claire Clements and her daughter Amy and last but not least to Hellen Ward from Crunch Accounting and her friend. They…

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Champions’ Tuesday: Sophie and Amira

Every Tuesday we highlight one or more of our young Champions with exciting news and updates. This week we are featuring Sophie and Amira. Sophie Our young Champion Sophie recently took part in the…

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Last Chance for Earlybird Tickets

Don’t miss out! This week is your last chance to get early bird tickets for a table at our fabulous Midsummer Ball at the Hilton this June. Our Annual Midsummer Ball will be on 23rd June at the Hilton Brighton…

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Champions’ Tuesday: Feedback from our Champions Nisar and Alicia

Every Tuesday we highlight one of our young Champions with exciting news and updates. This week we have feedback from two of our Champions - Nisar and Alicia. Nisar and his family suffered terrible trauma at…

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Our Young Champion Alicia on BBC Sussex 13th March 2018

Our young Champion Alicia, aged 14, was interviewed on BBC Radio Sussex about the important role the Starr Trust has played in helping her for the past 4 years by paying for her tennis training and…

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Champion’s Tuesday - Meet Sophie

Every Tuesday we highlight one of our young Champions with exciting news and updates. This week meet our 14 year old Champion Sophie. Sophie is a talented singer and in 2016 won a singing competition out of 200…

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Champions’ News

Meet Our New Champions Aira aged 14 from Brighton Aira has an amazing imagination and creativity. She attends the Self Managed Learning Centre in Brighton and is flourishing there. We awarded Aira to fund her 2018…

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Legal & General choose the Starr Trust as their Chosen Charity for March

Huge thanks to Legal & General in Brighton for inviting us along on March 7th as their chosen charity for March. Our fundraising team Tracey Narvaez and Rosie Molloy spent the day in their offices with the lovely…

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A Heart Warming Story During the Big Freeze!

We are so excited to share the news that the students from Brighton College Prep School raised an incredible £8800 at their Christmas Fair. The money was split between ourselves and the organisation Extra Cover which…

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February 2018

Champion’s Tuesday - Meet Stuart

Every Tuesday we highlight one of our young Champions with exciting news and updates. This week meet our young 18 year old Champion Stuart. Stuart enjoys being on the water and learning how to do various watersports. He…

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Congratulations to our Ambassador Tony

Our Ambassador Tony Wright became British Cycling Ride Leader (Level 2) over the weekend - congratulations Tony! The qualification is for the delivery of guided bike rides on roads for groups of intermediate and advanced level adults, and covers challenge…

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Champions Chat with McKenzie Associates

On the 13th February, seven Starr Trust Champions were invited to attend a workshop about auditioning for theatrical agents and colleges. The workshop, held at McKenzie Associates in Hove, was open to all our performing Champions, whose interests…

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How to Prepare for Auditions

Our next fantastic Champions Chats event is taking place on Tuesday 13th February at the offices of Mckenzie Associates, a highly respected Talent Management Agency in Hove. 6 of our young Champions will attend this workshop, all of…

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The Starr Trust Celebrates Children’s Mental Health Week

During Children’s Mental Health Week we are excited to share with you that our young Champion Luana has become a Mental Health Champion at her school and attended some out of school training. We have also just awarded…

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Exciting opportunity for a Champion

We are excited to announce that to celebrate our 10th year, we have partnered with the British Exploring Society, to offer one of our Champions a fantastic opportunity to go on a three week expedition to Canada this…

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Can you help us Champion an Olympic Champion?

We’d like to say Good Luck to our wonderful Patron and Olympic Medal winner Robin Cousins who is heading out to Korea on Feb 5th to commentate on the Ice Skating at the Winter Olympics. Talking of Olympics…

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January 2018

Champion’s Mum Raises £258

Huge thanks go out to our Champion Zoë‘s mum Sarah-Jane! She held a raffle at her yoga retreat for us and raised a whopping £258! Brilliant!

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Midsummer Ball Launch Party - January 23rd

What a brilliant Launch Party at the Hilton Brighton Metropole on Tuesday evening! Huge thanks to all who came along and to Sascha Koehler and his wonderful Hilton team. Get your early bird tickets now for our fantastic…

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New Year’s Resolutions!

Is getting fitter, losing weight, doing more exercise (or all 3!) something you’d like to achieve in 2018? If it is then we have just the thing to get you motivated! This July you can join us for our brilliant…

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Thanks to Sussex Charity Foundation

We are delighted to share with you that we have been awarded £5000 from the Sussex Community Foundation. This is a brilliant start to the year and we are incredibly grateful for their support.

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An Update on some of our Champions

Our Champion Luana has become a Mental Health Champion at school, for which she attended some out of school training. Luana is really enjoying her role! Luana also recently made a super video about having a brother with…

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December 2017

Champion Hannah Talks to Safety Rocks

Our Champion Hannah talks to Safety Rocks about being bullied at school, taking up Kayaking and becoming a Starr Trust Champion. Read more here.  

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Starr Trust wins Greatest Contribution to Sussex Charity Award

November 30th 2017 We were absolutely thrilled and honoured to have won the Sussex Business Awards Greatest Contribution to Sussex Charity last week. Rob Starr and his wife Sharon (pictured) attended the Award Ceremony at the Hilton Brighton Metropole and…

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November 2017

Our Champion Ava Features In Gemini Print 2018 Calendar

Ava, our young photographer, was asked by our regular supporter Gemini Print to submit some photographs to feature in their 2018 calendar. They have chosen a lovely image of two cows and this will feature in…

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Champions Update November 2017

Macy and her sister Kirsty spoke recently at the Brighton and Hove Rotary Club along with Rob Starr about how their donation of £500 had helped Macy attend another term of dance college. Jasmine performed at…

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Winter Extravaganza raises £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…

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Starr Trust Team wins Cardens Charity Quiz Night

November 9th 2017 Big congrats to our Fundraising Manager Trish Starr and her brilliant team for winning first prize at Cardens Accountants Charity Quiz Night at the County Cricket Ground, Hove. The evening raised an incredible…

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Our Champion Nathan Selected For The CPISRA World Games

We are so excited and proud to announce that our young Champion Nathan has been selected for Team England for the 2018 CPISRA World Games in Spain! He’s worked so hard and truly deserves this opportunity!…

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October 2017

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…

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Skybreak Celebrates its 25th Birthday

Skybreak celebrated 25 years in business last week with a fantastic birthday party at the beautiful i360 in Brighton. As the Starr Trust is the chosen charity of their sister company, Teleticket, we were invited to join them! Read More

Winter Extravaganza Launch Party

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…

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Brighton College School Children Raise over £340 for us!

We are delighted to share with you that the lovely young people of Brighton College kindly went down to Tesco on Church Road in Hove last week, helping customers to bag pack. They managed to collect an incredible…

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September 2017

Our Champion Nathan in the Media

Our young Champion Nathan continues to get media attention for his incredible Diana Award for services to wheelchair racing. Click here to read the story in Brighton & Hove Independent.

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Young Champion Nathan chats to Allison Ferns live on BBC Sussex – Monday 11 September

Our young Champion Nathan recently won a prestigious Diana Award for his services to wheelchair racing, and popped into the BBC Monday afternoon to appear live on the Allison Ferns show. He talked about his love of wheelchair…

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Starr Water Wars Press Coverage

Check out this feature in The Argus on our multi sport event ‘Starr Water Wars’. 12 teams of local businesses battled it out at Hove Lagoon Watersports, going head to head in fun activities such as paddle boarding,…

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Teleticket nominates the Starr Trust as its Charity Partner!

Teleticket, the agent friendly flight consolidator has nominated us as their Corporate Charity Partner and we could not be more excited! Michelle Wheatley, Customer Engagement Manager at Teleticket said: “With our close proximity to Brighton, our…

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Champions Updates September 2017

Our Champion Mia is busy fundraising this Autumn, even after she underwent a recent hip operation. Having recently taken part in the first UK Disability Pride event held in Brighton on 9th July, and having watched her Daddy…

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Starr Water Wars raises in excess of £4000 – Sunday Sep 3rd

Last Sunday we held our ever popular Family Fun Day at Hove Lagoon and managed to raise an incredible £4000 with money continuing to come in. Our multi sport event ‘Starr Water Wars’ saw 12 teams of local businesses battle…

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August 2017

1Up Brighton

Are you aged 14-19? Into music, gaming, the environment, sport or art? 1Up Brighton is a one-off, free event to help young people discover how to get more out of life in Brighton & Hove. -Take part in interactive music…

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Our Champion Nathan Wins A Diana Award

Champion Nathan recently received a Diana Award for his services to wheelchair racing. The Diana Award was set up in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales, and her belief that young people have the power to change the world for…

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Thanks to Richard Patching

Richard Patching has been busy swimming and fundraising for us and has managed to raise around £1000 for us! He swam with some members of the Brighton Swim Club (BSC) last month which included our very own Rob Starr. He…

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Our Supporter John takes on the Challenge of a Lifetime

August 2017 Please help our lovely loyal supporter, John Pattison, who is taking on the challenge of a lifetime! His aim is to complete two Ironman triathlons on the same weekend in Vichy, France this month. In John’s own words…

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July 2017

King Alfred Bike Ride

Congratulations to all our bikers! The King Alfred Bike Ride raised over £11,000 and counting! Between 12th and 16th July 2017, our bikers cycled through the beautiful King Alfred countryside of Somerset, Hampshire and Sussex taking in Glastonbury, Cheddar Gorge,…

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Brilliant Show ‘All or Nothing’ raises over £1000!

Huge thanks to the production team and audience of the brilliant show ‘All or Nothing’ and to our amazing volunteers for raising over £1000 for us! Thank you!

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Champions’ Chat – ‘Believe in Yourself!’  with Neil Laughton

18th July 2017 Six of our Champions had a fun packed few hours this week, when they attended our latest Champions’ Chat. The chat, which was all about self belief, was held at the amazing home of Neil Laughton. Neil…

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Hooray for Hove and Portslade

Hove Business Association teamed up with Hove Museum and Art Gallery and The Starr Trust to put on one of its biggest events on Wednesday 5th July. It is called Hooray for Hove and Portslade and the gallery hosted 140…

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Midsummer Ball Raises £100,000

We were delighted to have been chosen as one of 4 charities at the Hilton Brighton Metropole’s annual Midsummer Ball on June 24th. The theme this year was ‘A Night at the Musicals’ and our Chairman Rob Starr…

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June 2017

Launch of the Big Screen – June 27th

We are very excited to announce that we have been chosen as Charity of Choice by The Big Screen Brighton 2017. We were invited to the Skyline Bar at the Brighton Centre for the launch party on June…

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An Update On Some Of Our Champions

Some words from runner Stephen: “Since injury it has taken a few months to get confidence and fitness back, but through training sessions and speaking to people I am slowly moving forward positively. I have competed on three…

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Hooray For Hove And Portslade

Summer. Think of Strawberries. Pimms. Garden parties. Warm summer evenings. Laughter. Hove Business Association brings you ‘Hooray for Hove and Portslade’ . Join HBA for the first Hove Museum garden party in a very, very long time. Enjoy the beautiful…

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Meet Our Ambassadors

Our Ambassadors are passionate about inspiring others to help our Champions. They have a personal connection with the Starr Trust, which has affected them. Our honorary Ambassadors are our representatives, who help us build community connections. We are extremely grateful…

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Young Chefs Cook up a Storm

Photo from left: 3 Northbrook college student chefs, Abigail Illes, Russell Williams of Bailiffscourt Hotel, Robert Whittington (chef winner), and Richard Hopton of Hilton Brighton Metropole This June young up-and-coming chefs from Northbrook College went head to head in a…

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200 Years Since The First Organised Bike Ride

In 1817, the first verifiable bicycle was born and this week is the 200th anniversary of the first organised bike ride. Why not celebrate this by signing up to our amazing 4-day King Alfred Bike Ride, cycling through…

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We need your sponsorship to help us win!

Please sponsor our CEO Rob Starr and our Patron Robin Cousins who will be dressing up and performing songs from Hairspray at our ‘Night at the Musicals’ Midsummer Ball on June 24th at Hilton Brighton Metropole - it…

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A Champion Performance

Congratulations to our Champion Jessie-Jae for her theatre school performance on Saturday 3rd June. The show, which featured students of Goldman’s Theatre School in Brighton, Hove and Eastbourne was held at Roedean Theatre. Mel and Alex…

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May 2017

Warm Up Bike Ride

For all those joining us for our King Alfred Bike Ride, this week’s warmup rides will be: Thursday at midday at the Peace Statue for a 2 hour ride. Saturday at 9.30am at the sea side of the…

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An Update On Some Of Our Champions

Tennis player Alicia has been extremely busy over the past few months. She spent a couple of weeks in Nottingham, firstly competing in a Tennis Europe event where she lost in the quarter finals to a Polish girl.…

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May 11th - Win Some Fantastic Prizes!

If you’re on either Facebook or Twitter, share our post or re-tweet about the Bike Ride on today’s page and you could win these fabulous prizes!       3 Brighton Palace Pier wristbands…

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An Update on our Champion Nisar

Big thanks to Jack at Nick Rivett Sport in Hove who helped our Champion Nisar choose his cricket equipment and gave us a great deal! Nisar was kitted out with a new cricket bat, shin pads,…

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April 2017

Bike Ride Meeting

Bikers! Please note, our meeting on 2nd April has unfortunately been cancelled, but we will be holding a bike ride meeting on Saturday 22nd April. There will be a bike ride starting at the King Alfred Leisure Centre

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Secure Your Place For Starr Water Wars 2017!

Twelve teams of four battle it out to become the champions! Secure your place in this fun, exhilarating charity event with action packed activities. Be prepared to get wet! £300 per team - Corporate Package Hove Lagoon Watersports Kingsway, Hove,…

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Seaford Head Golf Club Donate £1445

Huge thanks go out to the lovely team at Seaford Head Golf Club who selected us as their Charity of Choice and managed to raise an amazing £1,445 for us. As ever we are so very grateful for…

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Starr Trust Champions’ Workshops

At the Starr Trust we are always looking for new ways to best support our Champions, old and new, and we’ve come up with an exciting programme of workshops for them. March 23rd saw the launch, and based on suggestions…

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March 2017

This Mother’s Day the Starr Trust Celebrates the Lives of Three Amazing Mums!

All mums are amazing! – we know that – but as Mothering Sunday fast approaches we would like to give a very special shout out to 3 mums in particular: Claire Clements Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson Kim Freeman Claire is mum…

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An Update on our Champion Alicia

In February half term our Champion Alicia headed to the 16U National Tennis Event where she won her way through two qualifying matches into the main draw. Her performance earned her a place back at Roehampton in March,…

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King Alfred to King Alfred Bike Ride - July 2017

Brilliant news cyclists! We now have a free place on our King Alfred to King Alfred Bike Ride for someone worth £380 - all they need to do is raise at least £500 sponsorship. We also have a…

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Golf Day Raises £3370 to help local young people

We are delighted with the success of our sixth annual Golf Day, held on March 15th at the prestigious Singing Hills Golf Course in Albourne and which raised an incredible £3370 to help local young people.…

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Farm Fridays for our Champion Lee

Our Champion Lee has been working with FarmBuddies who arrange social care farming programmes across the South East. Lee is a pupil at the Cedar Centre in Brighton and his school has been very pleased with…

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Coffee Morning Raises £300

Huge thanks go out to Nicky from Glamlife for hosting our Coffee Morning on Saturday where we raised an amazing £300! Nicky was showcasing a new Spring Italian Collection of womenswear that she sells from her home in…

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Exciting Prizes To be Won At Our Golf Day

Golfers! Have a look at some of the fabulous prizes we have for our forthcoming Golf Day on March 15th: Be James Bond for a day! Follow in the footsteps of 007 Sean Connery in Goldfinger and win…

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King Alfred to King Alfred Bike Ride

Check out these gorgeous locations that you will enjoy if you sign up to our King Alfred to King Alfred Bike Ride. The ride will take place between 12th and 16th July 2017 and travel through the beautiful…

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February 2017

Be James Bond For A Day!

Sign up to our Golf Day on March 15th at Singing Hills Golf Course and you could follow in the footsteps of 007 Sean Connery in Goldfinger and win a day of golf for 4 at the prestigious…

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Crunch Accounting Raise £250 at Battle Of The Bands

Congratulations to the lovely people at Crunch Accounting for winning 2nd Place in Coffin Mew’s “When Bands Collide” Battle of the Bands and raising £250 for us! Coffin Mew Solicitors’ Brighton office hosted When Bands Collide at The…

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Happy Valentine’s Day to all our lovely supporters!

If you’re stuck for ideas for that someone special why not buy them a ticket to one of our wonderful events? We have two fabulous evenings for you foodies this June; a wonderful ‘Cooking for the Starrs’ and…

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Brave Cyclist Raising Money For The Starr Trust

Ian Newbold of COGO Travel is raising money for us! He is very bravely undertaking the ‘Tour of Sufferlandria’ which is a virtual cycling tour with Ian being wired up on the bike in front of a screen on…

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