13 year old Max immensely enjoys playing the drums and percussion. He plays in the school orchestra and also has some one-to-one tuition.We awarded Max a grant to pay for music lessons at BIMM Academy, to improve his skills as well as having the opportunity to meet and play with other youngsters.

Updates from Max

Mel from the Starr Trust says:

We are so proud of Max for organising his class to take part in the event. Thank you so much Max, from the team here and for the Champions you and your classmates will be helping in the future!”

Updates from Max

February 2024

We awarded Max the funds to continue with his drum lessons.

Max says: "I’ve had a difficult year with my sister’s health, becoming a young carer for my Grandad and having to move house again. I had to put my drum lessons on hold and I really missed them. The award will allow me to carry on with my lessons and I aim to get my Grade 8 which will give me a qualification for life."

July 2019

Max has been given a further award to continue his studies at BIMM.

His mum said: “Max’s first reaction was to punch the air when I told him he had his award. He’s so passionate about drums and I just can’t afford to continue his training. It means the world to us as a family”

June 2019

Max played at the BIMM Academy’s end of term gig at their live room. His mum Tracy said: “This was only possible due to the Starr Trust.” Max will be playing drums with his fellow BIMM students at the Moulsecoomb Primary School Family Fun Day on July 20th.

April 2019

Good Friday saw our Ambassador Claire, mum Tracy, and her two Champions Max and Daisy, lend a hand at the Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Hangleton Manor. This popular fundraising event, set up by the Rotary Club of Brighton and Hove, raised over £2600 which will support other Rotary charities and ourselves. Ann from the Rotary said “it was a lot of organisation but it’s such a great event! Not only does it raise money but it brings together lots of communities – the Rotary Scholars, The Starr Trust, prospective members, Friends of Rotary, companies who provide gifts, Move things Around who provide tables, Hangleton Manor, who donated £500 proceeds from the BBQ, local families, teenage helpers and of course, the Mayor herself!” We would like to say a huge thank you to Claire, Tracy, Max and Daisy for giving up their time to volunteer and of course our thanks go out to Ann and the Rotary Club of Brighton and Hove who have kindly continued to support us.

November 2016

It’s been three years since we funded Max and we have just learned that he has landed the role of ‘Sonny’ in a production of Grease at Leicester’s Curve Theatre. Well done Max, this is a fantastic achievement! Grease is running at the Curve Theatre, Leicester from 26th November 2016 to 21st January 2017.

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