Circus Starr

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Who are they?

Circus Starr was born 26 years ago when a family friend of the circus began to rely on a local hospice for daily support when they became very ill. They noticed that the hospice was struggling financially, as were most other hospices in the country. They wanted to make a difference so that’s why Circus Starr was started.

Circus Starr is an all human touring circus. They currently perform in 75 towns across the UK each year.

In each town they aim to make a lasting impact through engaging with local businesses and generating income via sponsorships and donations. This enables them to run their unique Donated Ticket Scheme, whereby tickets are given completely free of charge to children’s charities and community groups enabling underprivileged children and children with disabilities to enjoy a memorable day at the circus.

Circus Starr has already given over 1 million children this opportunity through our Donated Ticket Scheme and with the committed help from local interest groups, authorities, media and businesses throughout the UK, they continue to raise this figure. In 2011 Circus Starr donated £1,345,000 worth of tickets to UK communities.

Any surplus they make from the shows is donated to their local charity partners. They continue to work with over 70 local charities in the UK each year, raising their profile within the communities in which they operate. Over the last ten years they have raised over £800,000 for local charities.

Charities They Support


Claire House Children’s Hospice

George Thomas Hospice Care

Baby Unit – Singleton Hospital

Children’s Ward – Northampton General Hospital

St Giles Hospice

Special Care Baby Unit

Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice

Blue Skies Hospital Fund – Blackpool Victoria Hospital Children’s Ward

Wales Air Ambulance

Compton Hospice

Willen Hospice

Keech Hospice Care

Sobell Hospice Charity

Wiltshire Air Ambulance


Kirkwood Hospice

Butterwick Children’s Hospice

St. Oswald’s Hospice

Cumbria Cerebral Palsy

The Donna Louise Children’s Hospice Trust

Broomfield Hospital Neonatal Unit

Pilgrims Hospice

Naomi House Children’s Hospice

Julia’s House, Dorest Children’s Hospice Service

Precious Lives Appeal

Children’s Hospice South West

St Michael’s Hospice

Acorn Children’s Hospice Trust

The Marie Curie Hospice

Lingen Davies Cancer Centre Appeal At The Royal Shrewsbury Hospital

The Children’s Trust