The Starr Trust held an exclusive relaunch event at the very top of the Hilton Brighton Metropole in their prestigious Chartwell Suite for selected VIP guests including; Mayor of Brighton, Councillor Alan Robins, TV Vet, Dr Marc Abraham OBE (aka Marc the Vet), Adventurer, Neil Laughton and Big Brother Winner, Jason Burrell.
Our special event marked the official unveiling of a brand new identity and mission as a charity, alongside a pledge to extend our reach beyond Brighton. Guests heard from our Founder & Chairman, Rob Starr, about his commitment in the coming years to provide support to even more young people:
"Our ultimate aim is to remove roadblocks that a young person may be facing, in order to help them succeed in life. We will help them achieve their goals, encourage independent thinking and fill them with self-belief."
"With the generous support of businesses and individuals, we can help young people overcome huge life challenges and thrive in whatever they put their minds to".
Guest speaker Hannah, a Starr previously supported by the Trust, bravely spoke alongside her mother Claire, now an Ambassador, to tell her story of how the Starr Trust has supported her over the years, telling guests
"By the Starr Trust believing in me and helping with funding for my passion of kayaking, at a time when I felt life wasn’t worth living, it has quite literally saved my life".
Hannah is now a confident senior lead kayaking instructor running lessons of her own. Read more about her story here.
In attendance, along with other special guests, was new supporter Dr Marc Abraham OBE, media vet, author, and animal welfare campaigner, who said:
"I'm really proud to support the Starr Trust and all the opportunities it provides for young people, often from less fortunate backgrounds, to fulfil their hopes, dreams, and aspirations."
Guests enjoyed a brunch together, watched a new short film about the charity and were invited to enter a competition to win a luxury hamper, kindly donated by Fortnum & Mason, with the deserved winner being long term supporter Simon Haffenden of British Airways i360.
"What a fantastic event and charity, BAi360 will continue to support this worthy cause however we can and encourage other businesses to take a look at what they do and get involved!"
said Simon, Head of Guest Experience at BAi360.
Matt Turner, CEO of Creative Pod, who managed the rebrand and website for us, said
"It’s been a real honour and privilege to work with the Starr Trust on their branding and new website. The Trust has played such an important role in the greater Brighton area over the last decade and I look forward to seeing it empower even more young people with its fresh new mission and look."
The Mayor of Brighton, Councillor Alan Robins said:
"I was so pleased to attend the Starr Trust event at the Hilton Brighton Metropole, as the work that they do supporting young people to reach their potential in different ways is heart-warming. Both as an individual or as a business, there are opportunities to support young people, who may otherwise not have had a chance to further their potential. The work that the Starr Trust does is commendable."
Other guests commented;
"It was a beautifully organised event (stunning views) and once again the presentations were a very powerful reminder of the positive impact the work of the Starr Trust has for young people, and their families – life-changing, life-enhancing, and even life-saving."
Steve Cropper, Managing Director - Gemini Print
"I was honoured and proud to be invited to attend the recent Starr Trust relaunch, on behalf of Mishon Mackay. The work that the Starr Trust team do is inspirational and understanding their ethos and how they work with youngsters to help them on their way and be part of their journey is truly amazing to watch. The relaunch was an opportunity for the Brighton & Hove business community to learn more about the direction Starr Trust wants to take, and hopefully we can play our part by helping to spread the word about this fantastic charity."
Steve Neocleous, Business Development Director – Mishon Mackay