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When Circus Starr rolls into Dukinfield on Saturday 23 January (2016), young Ava Galley will be at the head of the queue with her family to meet some of the acts.

Ava, who is five years old and lives in Dukinfield, is just one of thousands of disabled children around the UK who will get the chance to see Circus Starr’s world-class acts in a relaxed atmosphere this year.

Ava has a rare chromosome duplication and was born with a congenital heart condition and low muscle tone. Prone to frequent respiratory infections, she is fed via a tube in her stomach.

The family received their tickets through Circus Starr’s partnership with Newlife Foundation, the UK’s largest charity funder of specialist equipment for children with disabilities and terminal illness. Newlife has previously provided the family with a specialist car seat and bed to help care for Ava.

Newlife Foundation volunteers will be joining the circus audiences, with their collecting cans, to raise money to help continue the charity’s vital work with families in Cheshire and Greater Manchester. To date, more than 650 children across the two areas have received specialist equipment totalling in excess of £675,000. For more information about Newlife Foundation’s work in the area, go to and click on the County Map.

Circus Starr will be performing at Dukinfield Town Hall on Saturday 23 January at 1.30pm and 4pm. The Galley family will be available for a photo opportunity, meeting some of the performers, at 3.15pm. For further information, contact Circus Starr’s Rachel Oliver on 01260 288690 or 07767 707357.

Ringmaster and juggler Gordon Marquez will be presenting Circus Starr’s production – Pinocchio Joins The Circus – featuring Peanuts the clown, the Human Slinkies and illusionists Scott and Mariska Garcia.