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.
Since January 2016 Swansway Group’s collaboration with Circus Starr has meant that for every Motability Scheme vehicle sold across the group, we donate a pair of tickets worth £20, for a child and their carer to go to the Circus.
In the very first year of our collaboration together, as a group we sold over 600 Motability vehicles meaning we donated an amazing £13,200 enabling 660 children and their carers to attend a Circus show!
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 made the decision to continue our partnership with them, and continue donating £20, the equivalent of a ticket for one child and their carer, for every vehicle sold on the Motability scheme here at Swansway.
The second year of our collaboration in 2017 was just as successful with a total donation of £12,500 being donated. Marketing Manager, Anna Ling, attended a show to see for herself the fun the children have whilst at a Circus Starr show. Anna commented:
"Since our partnership began in 2016, we are so incredibly proud to say that we have donated an incredible £69,500 to Circus Starr! That's nearly 3,475 children and their carers that we have been able to send to the Circus, all thanks to sales of our Motability vehicles.
Whilst 2021 remains an uncertain time for many, we are pleased to be able to confirm our continued support of Circus Starr and hope that they can return to putting on their live shows soon when it is safe."