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AYANA MEETS THE CIRCUS STARS

When Circus Starr rolls into Brierley Hill on Tuesday 19 January (2016), young Ayana Salmon will be at the head of the queue with her family to meet some of the acts.

Ayana, who is three years old and lives in Bushbury, Wolverhampton, 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.

Ayana has a complex condition including hydrocephalus, epilepsy, a visual impairment and developmental delay.

The family received their tickets through Circus Starr’s partnership with Cannock-based 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 equipment to help support Ayana’s care.

Mum Adele Salmon said: “Ayana’s two sisters, aged 13 and 11, will be joining her – and my husband and I – at the show. It is the first time at a circus for any of the girls and we are all looking forward to it.”

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 the West Midlands. To date, more than 1,080 children across the county have received specialist equipment totalling in excess of £1,170,000. For more information about Newlife Foundation’s work in the county, go to www.newlifecharity.co.uk/westmidlands. Newlife is currently working with a further 87 families in the West Midlands with equipment needs exceeding £47,000.

Circus Starr will be performing at Brierley Hill Civic Hall on Tuesday 19 January at 4.45pm and 7pm. The Salmon family will be available for a photo opportunity, meeting some of the performers, at 4.00pm. For further information, contact Circus Starr’s Rachel Oliver on 01260 288690 or 07767 707357.

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