Show goes on for Congleton circus after generous company donation

  Posted: 13.10.21 at 18:32 by Alexander Greensmith & Gwyn Griffiths

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A Congleton performing arts charity has made a rapturous return, after a local business gave them a donation to help them bounce back from the pandemic.

Circus Starr received almost £3,000 to run a circus show for families with disabled, disadvantaged and vulnerable children.

Swansway Group, which owns Crewe Audi, Crewe SEAT and Crewe Volkswagen, has made the gesture to Congleton-based charity Circus Starr.

The group has donated £2,980 through the sale of Motability vehicles across their 17 Motability dealerships.

It will pay for tickets to be sent to children and their families through a network of hospices, schools, hospitals, regional branches of national charities and support groups.

Families can also apply direct to Circus Starr, who have an office on Congleton's Dane Mill.

The Congleton circus are eternally grateful for the donation from Swansway Group.

Circus Starr's Sarah Hall said: “The global pandemic really hit us hard and we missed out on a whole year of putting smiles on the faces of so many children and their families.

"We have just completed our first tour back since March 2020 and we couldn’t be happier. This latest donation from Swansway Group will help us to continue bringing smiles to faces up and down the country next year and we really can’t wait."

You can donate yourself to the Congleton Broadhurst Lane charity, by clicking this link.

Swansway Group Director David Smyth said: “The last few months have been tough in the motor trade. Stock supply issues have been affecting our ability to fulfil new car orders, particularly for those on the Motability Scheme.

"But we’re extremely pleased to be able to support Circus Starr with donations like this one and long may it continue."

Circus Starr was founded in 1987, they provide free seats for disadvantaged, disabled and vulnerable children, plus their families.

Circus Starr have just wrapped up their Summer tour and will be returning in January 2022 with their kick-off show in Cambridge.

While there are no upcoming shows for Congleton, you can Click here to find a Circus Starr 2022 show near you.

Congleton Circus Starr Clown Chico added: “After a crazy few months it has been wonderful to perform for Circus Starr again.

"Seeing how all of the children react to the show is amazing, so thank you to Swansway for helping to make it possible.”

The Crewe car experts Motability Scheme is open to anyone in receipt of higher rate mobility allowance (such as the Enhanced Rate of the Mobility Component of Personal Independence Payment or the Higher Rate Mobility Component of Disability Living Allowance).

Congleton clown Chico is one of Circus Starr's star - or should we say Starr - performers.

Recipients can exchange all or part of their allowance to lease a Motability car such as an SUV, saloon, hatchback or MPV across a wide range of vehicle makes.

Circus Starr have over 20,000 likes on Facebook, being one of the most followed Congleton charities.

Their shows provide free tickets for eligible kids and their families, worth almost £2 million pounds per year.

The Congleton good cause turns 35 next year.

To learn more about them, please click here.

The company which put smiles on SEND kids' faces have an office in Congleton.

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