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When Circus Starr rolls into Wolverhampton on Wednesday October 7, young Riley Pugh will be at the head of the queue with his family to meet some of the acts.

Riley, who is almost seven and lives in Coseley, 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.

Riley has congenital skeletal abnormalities and experiences painful muscle contractions which also affect his posture. Mum Jayne Pugh is looking forward to seeing Riley and his brother Taylor enjoy the circus acts. Jayne said: “This is the first trip to the circus for both boys, so it will be a new experience and one they can share.”

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 previously provided the family with a specialist buggy to support Riley’s complex postural needs and get him out and about in 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 the West Midlands. To date, more than 1,000 children in the county have received specialist equipment totalling in excess of £1,158,000. For more information about Newlife Foundation’s work in the West Midlands, go to

Circus Starr will be performing at West Park in Wolverhampton on Wednesday, October 7, 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.