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When Circus Starr rolls into Nuneaton on Friday October 9, little Evie-Anne Peel will be at the head of the queue with her family to meet some of the acts.

Five-year-old Evie-Anne, from Meriden, 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 Big Top atmosphere this year.

Evie-Anne has a rare chromosomal abnormality – Ip36 deletion – which is life-limiting. This condition results in severe developmental delay, low muscle tone and epilepsy.

Despite this, she is a happy little girl and her parents, Michelle and Mark Peel, are looking forward to watching Evie-Anne enjoy the circus acts. 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 worked with the family to provide Evie-Anne with a specialist bed to keep her safe at night as well as essential wheelchair accessories.

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. For more information about Newlife Foundation’s work in the county, go to

Mum Michelle said: “We are all looking forward to having a fun night out. It will be lovely to see Evie-Anne’s reactions – and it is something we can all enjoy together as a family.”

Circus Starr will be performing at Pingles Showground, Avenue Road, Nuneaton, on Friday October 9 at 4.45pm and 7pm. The family will be available for a photo opportunity, meeting some of the performers, at 6.30pm. For further information, contact Circus Starr’s Rachel Oliver on 01260 288690 or 07767 707357.

Ringmaster Robert Price will be presenting acclaimed Mexican clown Chico Rico, The Kenyan Warriors, balancing act Las Chicas Morales and aerial acrobats the Serik Brothers, Romy Bauer and Victoria Antipova.