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StarNews November 2022

StarNews collage photo - Builders and student Hannah, Luke smiling and Jane smiling

Welcome to the latest edition of StarNews, containing all of the latest stories, features, and news from National Star. You can take a sneak peek of what’s inside by browsing our stories below and clicking to read more.

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Lynette chatting to student Lucy

Changes at the top - welcome from Chief Executive Lynette Barrett

Having worked at National Star for more than 20 years, most recently as Chief Operations Officer, I know first–hand the difference that supporters like you make to the organisation in terms of your fundraising commitment and financial generosity.

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StarNews photo - students Hannah and Chelsea smiling with Speller Metcalfe builders

Foundations for the future

Construction work has started on the building of our new specialist residential accommodation at Ullenwood. Could you help us raise the final £1.5 million towards this £6 million development?

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Eddy holding a box of DEYA beers alongside his colleagues

Eddy brews a Christmas cracker

Eddy Hope, a former work outcomes student at National Star, is toasting his new job at craft brewery DEYA. Eddy started his paid role after completing a month of voluntary work with the support of his job mentor.

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Collage photo from left to right: Students painting, ironing, dancing and holding lightsaber. Centre: Badminton players holding trophy with ribbons on it. Right: assortment of virtual pet show photos including a tortoise, cat and dogs.

Fundraising stars

Get inspired by some of the fundraising campaigns we’ve hosted in 2020. 

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Photo collage - Luke smiling, Luke using his running frame, Luke smiling with mum Sarah

Luke's story of independence

With the support of National Star’s team of expert therapists and nurses, fourth–year student Luke is achieving far more than his mum Sarah ever thought possible.

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Nurse Rhian and Gary

Caring around the clock

We employ 30 registered nurses at National Star who provide round–the–clock support, care and reassurance to students, residents and their families.

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Jane smiling modelling a coat

Diversity in fashion

Current and former students at National Star are combining their love of fashion with their modelling skills to showcase the range of clothes for sale at our growing number of charity shops.

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Volunteering heroes

Volunteering heroes

Every year former National Star students make a huge difference to their local communities through volunteering, truly embodying our vision of people with disabilities being equal and active citizens.

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Family of four smiling

Go Far and Be a Star

How far will you go in National Star’s new fundraising challenge? Whether it’s one mile or 100, your personal fundraising challenge will help us reach our target to raise £1.5m target to build new specialist student accommodation at Ullenwood by summer 2023.

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Henry smiling with drum sticks and drum

Drumming a happy beat

National Star students have been rocking out and making music as part of a new drumming workshop.

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