Car dealer’s donations near £45,000

Circus Starr, a unique social enterprise, founded in 1987, is celebrating a further donation of £4,640 and the continued support of family-owned Swansway Motor Group, which owns and runs Preston, Blackburn and Carlise Audi; the VW Van Centre in Preston and Swansway Honda Bolton.

The family-owned businesses have been supporting Circus Starr since January 2016, as director, David Smyth explained, “Since the beginning of 2016, we’ve been donating £20 to Circus Starr for each car we sell on the Motability scheme; that’s the cost of one child and their parent or carer going to a Circus Starr performance.

“The number of cars sold on the Motability scheme in the first quarter of 2019 has led to our largest ever quarterly donation to Circus Starr of £4,640; this means we can help more children attend a Circus Starr performance, which is so much more than a trip to the circus, it can be life-changing."

Since January 2016, Swansway has donated almost £45,000 and the company has committed to continue their support throughout 2019.

Delighted fundraising team trainer, Simone Unett, explained: “It’s hard to put into words just how much we value Swansway’s support; one in twenty children are born with a disability; 4.5 million children are living in poverty and would simply never have the opportunity to see a live performance.

“Circus Starr allows the whole family to share a truly magical experience, free of any worries, knowing their needs will be met and their senses wowed. It’s a place where families, who too often miss out on fun can relax, be themselves and feel included."

David Smyth applauds the fun and escape from difficult everyday lives that Circus Starr provides.

“I’m a dad of three children myself and every time I come along to support Circus Starr I’m humbled by the experience they give these children and their families. Seeing how much the children enjoy it, their smiles and their families’ smiles is very emotional for me as a Dad and I’m so proud that our family business is helping Simone and the Circus Starr team make a real difference for other families," added David.