News Archive


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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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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