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When Circus Starr rolls into Shrewsbury on Monday October 5, little William Thomas will be at the head of the queue with his family to meet some of the acts.

Four-year-old William, from Morda near Oswestry, 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.

William has Muscular Dystrophy and Global Development Delay, which means he has poor muscle control. Despite this, he is very active and needs constant supervision. Mum Lisa Thomas is looking forward to enjoying the show, as a family. She and her partner 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 car harness so William can travel in safety. As a result, there will be more family fun days out as his parents no longer have to worry about him climbing out of his car seat.

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

Mum Lisa said: “We are all looking forward to having a fun night out. It is the first time William, his seven-year-old brother – who also has Muscular Dystrophy – and nine-year-old sister have been to a circus, so it will be a great shared family experience.”

Circus Starr will be performing at The Quarry Park, Town Walls, in Shrewsbury, on Monday October 5 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.