Preston's Swansway Motor Group gives biggest donation yet to Circus Starr

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A unique social enterprise to give children an experience of the circus is celebrating after receiving more than £4,000 from a car dealership.

A unique social enterprise to give children an experience of the circus is celebrating after receiving more than £4,000 from a car dealership.

Blackburn and Preston Audi and Swansway Honda Bolton, which are part of the family-owned Swansway Motor Group, have donated £4,320 to Circus Starr.

David Smyth said: “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 final quarter of 2018 has led to our largest ever quarterly donation to Circus Starr of £4,320; this means we can help more children attend a Circus Starr performance, which can be life-changing.

“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 the Circus Starr team make a real difference for other families.”

Swansway donated almost £14,500 to Circus Starr in 2018, bringing the total donation, since January 2016, to more than £40,000 and the company has committed to continue their support throughout 2019.

Simone Unett, fund-raising team trainer at Circus Starr, said: “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.”

To read about a previous donation click here: Swansway Motor Group at Preston donate to Circus Starr