Circus Starr is a touring circus, based in Congleton, boasting world-class, professional artists from across the globe. Founded in 1987, the charity puts on their world-class show right across the country, working with children’s hospices and hospitals, Young Carers, foster children, SEN schools and Women’s Refuges to bring joy into the lives of children, who often have little to look forward to.
Circus Starr is a not-for-profit organisation and hosts circus shows at seventy five venues, three times a year.
Throughout 2016, for every Motability scheme vehicle we sell across the group, we’ll be donating a pair of tickets, worth £20, for a child and their carer to go to the circus.
Quarter 1 started off with a bang and the fantastic amount of £3,600 being donated to Circus Starr for each of the 180 Motability vehicles sold across the group. Swansway Group director David Smyth and his children were so proud to be able to present the amount to Circus Starr at one of their performances local to the Swansway Group Head Office.
Following on from the success of Quarter 1, April, May and June of Quarter 2 saw a wonderful result of 162 Motability vehicles being sold meaning Swansway Group were able to offer £3,240 to Circus Starr.
The Congleton based team were so thrilled with our continued support that they sent Swansway Group head office a VIP Sponsors certificate.
By the end of Quarter 3 in August, the grand total for the year so far of donations to Circus Starr was at an amazing £10,320!
Swansway Group received their Certificate of Thanks from the Circus Starr charity, excited to see this collaboration continue into Quarter 4 and round-up the year.
Throughout 2016 Swansway Group sold a total of 659 Motability vehicles across the group resulting in an amazing £13,200 being donated to Circus Starr!
A delighted Simone Unett, Sales Manager and Trainer for Circus Starr commented, “Our shows are a way of taking children out of their everyday lives, whether they are disabled or disadvantaged, Circus Starr takes them to another world, of enjoyment, wonder and laughter. Parents and carers and indeed the children themselves, tell us what a wonderful experience Circus Starr is and we love giving kids and their carers a never to be forgotten outing”.
“We want to thank Swansway for helping us to make memories”, added Simone, “That’s what Circus Starr does and this donation has helped us to make special memories for over six hundred and fifty more children in 2016, which is so wonderful for us”.
A New Year and a new challenge to be able to send even more children and their carers to the Circus for Swansway Group!
Quarter 1 ran from January to the end of March and saw £3,120 donated to Circus Starr through the sales of 156 Motability vehicles.
A warm September day saw Swansway Group Director David Smyth and Marketing Manager Anna Ling take a trip to a Circus Starr performance in Macclesfield to present a fabulous cheque of £2,640. The pair got the chance to see some of the delightful children Swansway Group get to help as they started arriving eager to watch that afternoons show.
Anna Ling commented “It was an absolute pleasure to be able to present Circus Starr with our cheque, and to get to meet and speak with some of the children and their families that we are helping to enjoy a day out was an honour. Many of the children had been to the show before and it was lovely to see the excitement and joy they had to be returning once again. It’s obvious we have partnered with an incredible organisation in Circus Starr and we’re excited to continue working with them in the future.”
At the end of Quarter 3 the results were in and across the group, an amazing 176 Motability vehicles were sold. Add that to the success of 161 sales in Quarter 4 and our total donation for 2017 stands at £12,500 meaning 625 children and their carers have attended a Circus Starr show!
At the end of 2017 Swansway Group sold a total of 625 Motability vehicles across the group meaning the total at the end of Quarter 4 2017 was £12,500!
Swansway Group look forward to working with Circus Starr again throughout 2018!
At Swansway Group, we target our charitable giving towards children and young people, as director David Smyth explained, “As a family owned and run business, we know how important families are and we know that some families and children face real challenges. Circus Starr brings fun and magic into the lives of these children, I’ve seen the smiles and heard the laughter, I know, at first hand, what a fantastic job this charity does. I’m proud that Swansway has helped create magical memories for hundreds of children”.We have been so impressed with the Circus Starr programme that we have carried on their support in 2017, once again donating £20, the equivalent of a ticket for one child and their carer, for every vehicle sold on the Motability scheme.
If you'd like to be part of our quest to raise as much money as possible for Circus Starr, choose Swansway for your next Motability vehicle.