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When Circus Starr rolls into Telford on Wednesday 20 January (2016), young Mackenzie Fox-Byrne will be at the head of the queue with his family to meet some of the acts.

Mackenzie, who is 11 years old and lives in Market Drayton, 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.

Mackenzie has a rare chromosomal condition that results in challenging behaviours.

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 a specialist sleeping environment which has helped him progress from interrupted nights to sleeping through until morning.

Mum Sharon Fox-Byrne said: “It will be a family night out, and Mackenzie’s first opportunity to see a circus. 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 Shropshire. To date, 147 children across the county have received specialist equipment totalling in excess of £125,000. For more information about Newlife Foundation’s work in the county, go to Newlife is currently working with another 12 families in Shropshire with equipment needs of £4,638.

Circus Starr will be performing at the Oakengate Theatre on Wednesday 20 January at 4.45pm and 7pm. The Fox-Byrne family will be available for a photo opportunity, meeting some of the performers, at 6.15pm. 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.