News Archive


June 2019

Jazz on the Prom raises over £2,500 for us!

Jazz on the Prom raises over £2,500 for us! Last weekend, 15-16 June, an exciting and brand new event took place on Brighton seafront, created by Brighton Beach Club and the BAi360. Jazz on the Prom…

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Champions News

We have some exciting events and news from some of our Champions that we’re thrilled to share with you this month. Daisy will be singing at the drinks reception for Brighton and Hove Soiree Rotary’s Presidential…

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Young Chefs Head to the Hilton for ‘Cooking for the Starrs’!

On June 6th up-and-coming young chefs from Greater Brighton Metropolitan College (MET) went head to head in a ‘MasterChef’ style fundraising evening, cooking up some exquisite food for 130 guests whilst raising an incredible £3360 for us. Supported…

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Bike Ride News

Our wonderful Group Leader Francia Dirand will be riding a static bike from 10am for a few hours every Saturday at Virgin Active Brighton for the next few weeks to raise money for our big bike…

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Boldly Going Where No Man Has Gone Before!

Our amazing supporter Steve Cropper, MD at Gemini Print Group, is boldly going where no man has gone before! He is a legend; he is terrified! We all know he does NOT sing! We all know he does…

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May 2019

Sussex Golfers Club Together to Support Youngsters!

We were delighted with the success of our ninth charity Golf Day, held on May 16th at the prestigious Mannings Heath Golf and Wine Estate and which raised an incredible £6,300 to help young people in Sussex. 72…

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Local Pub Raises £118 for us at Popular Street Party

We were thrilled to be chosen as charity of choice by one of Brighton’s favourite pubs – The Lion & Lobster, at their Street Party on Saturday May 25th. Huge thanks to all the lovely staff there (pictured…

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Training for our Brighton to Amsterdam Bike Ride

If you’ve signed up as a cyclist for our Brighton to Amsterdam Bike Ride, or are unsure, there are some training rides to help you get some practice in: Wednesday 22nd May from Velusso café. Depart 10am. (20…

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Please Vote for Us!

We have been put forward for an Award of £1000 by Movement for Good but we need your votes to win! £1000 can make a huge difference to the lives of young people in Sussex and your nomination…

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Champions Chat - Fear Being a Misunderstood Friend

Champions and their families enjoyed hearing from guest speaker Mick Dawson at the Champions Chat in April, held at Hilton Brighton Metropole. Ex Marine Mick’s chat was about fear, and how it can be a misunderstood friend. He…

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Champion’s Thursday News

Our Champion Daisy will be singing at the drinks reception for Brighton and Hove Soiree Rotary’s Presidential Handover on June 28th at Brighton Marina’s Malmaison Hotel. Daisy, who has been a Champion since she was 15,…

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Champion’s Thursday

Look out for Charlotte and her mum at St Anne’s Well park Spring Festival this spring.  Charlotte’s mum Lisa is organising a table top sale there on the 18th May. The proceeds from the sale will go to the Starr…

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We Need Your Help!

Some of our Champions and their families are holding a bric-a-brac stall at St Ann’s Well Gardens Spring Festival on Saturday 18th May. Can you donate any bric-a-brac? Can you help them set up their stall? Do you…

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Our Young Kayaking Champion Continues to Give Back!

Our Champion Hannah spent last weekend coaching young girls at Slalom Inspires whose aim is to inspire and empower the girls of canoe slalom by running events across the UK. So proud of you Hannah! We…

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April 2019

Take Your Indian Cooking to the Next Level While Supporting Us!

Explore the sensational aromas and taste experiences from India with a brand new venture – The Kari Club – a monthly Indian Cookery Club. The concept shop on Ditchling Road is the brainchild of Minesh Agnihotri, former owner…

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Champions and their Mums help out at Epic Easter Fundraiser!

Good Friday saw our Ambassador Claire, mum Tracy, and her two Champions Max and Daisy, lend a hand at the Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Hangleton Manor. This popular fundraising event, set up by…

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Easter Fun This Friday!

Come along to the lovely Hangleton Manor, Hove this Friday April 19th for the annual Brighton and Hove Soiree Rotary Club Easter Egg Hunt and help to raise money for us and other charities. The City Mayor will…

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Brighton to Amsterdam Trial Run Gets Underway!

Our Fundraising Managers Tracey Narvaez and Rosie Molloy, along with Head Team Leader Fran Dirand and her team, are now doing their reccie for the June Brighton to Amsterdam Bike Ride. They just about had time to snap…

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March 2019

Young People Needed For Amplified, Brighton Festival 2019

Are you a young person with a personal story to share with the world? Little Green Pig are looking for 12 special young people aged between 13-18 to take part in Amplified, a new project for Read More

Pedal Practice this Sunday

Get in some Pedal Practice this Sunday 17th March 9-12 up at Virgin Active Falmer and get ready for our bonkers Brighton2Amsterdam bike ride this June. Our lovely Head Team Leader will be Francia Dirand. Read more about…

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February 2019

Panto Power raises over £3K for Charity!

A huge thank you to David Hill at E3 Productions and everyone who helped Brighton Family Panto raise £3495.55 for charity at Jack and the Beanstalk last Xmas! We were delighted to have been chosen as one of the beneficiaries…

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He Said Yes! Nick Taylor is Now a Starr Trust Ambassador

“I am delighted and honoured to announce my appointment today as an Ambassador to the Starr Trust Charity. The Starr Trust supports young people across Sussex in achieving their goals and dreams in the arts, sport and education. It has…

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A Private Ice Skating Lesson with Olympic Gold Winner!

Saturday morning saw a very excited Sussex family head over to Worthing Pop Up Ice Rink for an extraordinary private skating lesson with Olympic Gold Medal winner Robin Cousins! Worthing Ice Rink closed its doors to the public…

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January 2019

Brighton College Prep Pre-Xmas Events Raises £20,000 for charity

In the run up to Christmas last year, Brighton College Prep School Parents’ Association, with the support of pupils, parents and Head Master John Weeks, managed to raise an incredible £20,000 for charity. Staff and children from Brighton…

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School Children from Blatchington Mill raise an incredible £1097 for us!

Massive thanks go out to all the kids at Blatchington Mill School for raising an incredible £1097.64 for us by holding a non school uniform day and collecting £1 donations. Special thanks to Samuel Levene and Head Teacher…

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Get some practice in for our upcoming Bike Ride

If you’ve signed up for our Brighton to Amsterdam Bike Ride, or are unsure, Fran Dirand is organising some bike rides to help you get some practice in: Sunday 3rd February, 10am from Virgin Active Falmer campus Sunday…

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The Jive Aces Big Beat Revue

Get tickets for this fantastic show in London and support the Starr Trust with a percentage of profits coming to us! Don’t miss this fantastic night of Vintage Swing, Hot Jive and Rhythm & Blues on Sunday 10th…

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Local Legend Daley Thompson Banishes January Blues

January in Brighton got off to a fantastic sporty start with Olympic Champion Daley Thompson offering free circuit training whilst raising money for us! This special event was held at the Mercedes-Benz Pop Up in Churchill Square in association with…

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December 2018


November 2018

Another successful Champion’s Chat with Accordance VAT

A huge thank you to Rochelle and Accordance VAT for the latest Champion’s Chat. Rochelle, who is Facilities Manager at the company along with her colleagues Louise and Anita, gave invaluable advice to Champions Jay, Sophie

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Our Winter Extravaganza raises over £44,000

Wow! Our Winter Extravaganza raised in excess of £44,000! Huge thanks to all of you that made it happen. You are amazing! The evening featured live music at the Champagne Reception followed by a delicious 3 course dinner and throughout…

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Champion’s Tuesday - Champion’s Chat

We are incredibly grateful to Rochelle and our friends at Accordance VAT who are kindly giving up their time tonight to help a group of our Champions learn how to write a great CV. What a great thing…

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Champion’s Tuesday - Our Champion Alicia’s nomination for Young Sports Personality of the Year!

Our amazing young tennis Champion Alicia has not only been nominated for Sussex Young Sports Personality of the Year 2018, but she has now been chosen as one of the 3 shortlisted finalists! This is an amazing achievement…

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October 2018

Our Bike Ride inspires Westmeston Warriors to Cycle from San Fran to LA!

Update October 29th The fabulous 4 Westmeston Warriors have now covered an epic 506 miles and arrived safe and sound in Santa Monica on Saturday. They managed to raise an amazing amount of £2560 for us! A truly incredible achievement…

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Raise Money for us and Have Some Family Fun this Xmas!

We are delighted to have been chosen as one of the charities to benefit from this year’s production of Jack and the Beanstalk Pantomime. The launch party was held at Donatello’s earlier this week, where the Mayor and…

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Celebration Night - It’s Our 10th Birthday!

Last night on October 10th we celebrated 10 amazing years of The Starr Trust with over 200 guests, including many of our young Champions with their families, and our fantastic supporters. It was a wonderful opportunity to look back on…

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Halloween Ghost Hunt

Calling all kids… get ready for a fright on Halloween night! Brighton and Hove Soiree Rotary Club are hosting a Halloween Night in the grounds of Hangleton Manor on Wednesday 31st October to raise money for the Starr…

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The Starr Trust celebrates its 10th Birthday!

On September 27th over 130 of our supporters took to the sunny skies of Brighton in the BAi360 which was kindly donated to celebrate the Starr Trust’s 10th birthday. This special day in the calendar was chosen as…

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Brighton College Students: It’s in the bag!

A huge thank you to the amazing young students from Brighton College who gave up their time to bag pack at Tesco Church Road last Wednesday 26th September. They managed to collect an incredible £338 for…

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September 2018

Businesses can Splash Out at Lagoon Watersports!

Following our amazing fundraising day ‘Starr Water Wars’, we thought we would share this corporate day out with a difference, with the businesses of Sussex. It’s a great opportunity to take on an ‘Ultra Challenge’ in house, over…

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Champion’s Tuesday - Glyndebourne Supports A Starr Trust Champion

Our young Champion Ayala and her mum Victoria received free tickets from Glyndebourne Opera House for their production of Saul. Fresh from its triumph at the 2015 Glyndebourne Festival, Barrie Kosky’s blazingly original and visually spectacular…

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Starr Water Wars featured in The Argus today 11th September

A great piece about Starr Water Wars is in today’s Argus newspaper (page 30) and features many of the businesses and supporters that helped us raise an amazing £5,000! Big thanks to Louise Disney who took…

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Splashing Time at Starr Water Wars Challenge raised over 5k!

This year we were very excited to be joining forces with Rockinghorse children’s charity down at Hove Lagoon where 64 business men and women battled it out to be crowned 2018 champions! On September 2nd on…

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August 2018

Crunch Carnival Time

Last Friday Crunch Accounting held their inaugural “Crunch Carnival” - there was music, BBQ food, face-painting, circus skills, rounders, and so much more and we were invited! Thank you Darren Fell, Hellen Ward and all at team Crunch…

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Our Bike Ride inspires Westmeston Warriors to Cycle from San Fran to LA!

Unable to join our Bike Ride earlier this year – our lovely supporter Lynn Wardill, who has cycled with us previously, decided to take on a different challenge instead. She has formed her own team with husband Mike…

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Champion’s Tuesday

So proud of our Champion Jamie Spall who is the organiser and dancer at the forthcoming Brighton Tap Festival. What a fantastic achievement! Jamie received an Edward Starr Award in December 2013 to cover the costs…

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Business Opportunities at our Winter Extravaganza Ball

Our hugely popular Winter Ball will take place at the Hilton Brighton Metropole on November 17th and there are some fantastic partnership packages available for all business budgets. The evening will commence with live music at…

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July 2018

Champion’s Tuesday

Our young Champion Nathan has been chosen to be part of Team CP England in the forthcoming CPISRA World Games 2018. The Cerebral Palsy International Sport & Recreation Association (CPISRA) World Games will take place in San Cugat in Spain…

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Tandem Skydive a Resounding Success

Our amazing trio of skydivers did a tandem jump from 12,000 feet at Skydive Headcorn in Kent on Thursday June 28th. Huge thanks to our lovely fundraisers,  Hollie Hines, Clare McKinstrie and Nick Williams.…

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Rotary Club Launches Sussex Mermaid School!

Our lovely supporters at Rotary in Brighton and Hove have just launched this brilliant mermaid school as one of their many ventures. It’s mermaid swimming for kids and adults. All the profits from parties and experiences go to…

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Champion’s Tuesday

Incredibly proud of our young Champion Hannah Clements who will be leading these young people to the Amazon with the British Exploring Society. The British Exploring Society work with relatively small groups of young people to…

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‘Tour de Crunch’ raised £292.84 over 19th and 20th July

To support us after our Bangor to Brighton bike ride last week our friends over at Crunch Accounting set up a Zwift virtual reality training bike in their offices and an Apple TV in reception. Crunch Staff were…

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Bangor to Brighton Bike Ride Blog

Between 11th and 15th July, a brave bunch of cyclists rode from Bangor to Brighton to raise money for the Starr Trust. Starting in Bangor in North Wales, they travelled through Snowdonia to Shrewsbury, Stratford upon Avon, High Wycombe over…

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Champion’s Tuesday - Our Champion Hannah sets off to the Amazon!

We were thrilled to learn back in May this year that our young Champion Hannah was chosen by the British Exploring Society to take part in their 6 week Trainee Leadership Expedition to the Amazon! This…

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Our Young Champion is a Tennis Champion!

We are delighted to share that our young Champion Alicia won her first Junior ITF title in Belfast last week - clinching both the singles and doubles title which was a fantastic achievement. Her mother Nicki told us…

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June 2018

Tandem Skydive this Thursday 28th June!

It’s not too late to donate to our amazing trio of skydivers who will be doing a tandem jump from 12,000 feet at Skydive Headcorn in Kent this Thursday June 28th. Anyone is welcome to come and show…

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Midsummer Ball Silent Auction Now Live!

Whether you’re attending our Midsummer Ball or not, get bidding now and bag yourself a bargain including a 5 day stay at the stunning Hilton Mauritius (pictured). Go to: www.brightonball.com. Online pre-bidding will close at midday…

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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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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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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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