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When Circus Starr rolls into Macclesfield on Wednesday (September 9), little Mary Allen will be at the head of the queue with her family to meet some of the acts.

Twenty-month-old Mary, from Nantwich, 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.

Mary has hydrocephalus and delayed development. Despite this, she is a happy little girl and her mum, Donna Edge, is looking forward to watching Mary 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 is currently working with the family to provide a specialist buggy so Mary can get out and about in increased comfort and safety.

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

Mum Donna said: “We are all looking forward to having a fun night out. It will be lovely to see Mary’s reactions – and it is something her brother and sisters can enjoy too.”

Circus Starr will be performing at South Park in Poplar Road, Macclesfield, next Wednesday 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.

Pictured: Mary Allen

Pictured: Mum Donna Edge with little Mary and her brother Oliver and sister Rose