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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.

Percushion Wave

More than 100 charity supporters and students came together to make joyful noise for our fundraising Percushion Wave. Using a cushion cover and household items such as bottle tops, plastic packaging, coins and even gravel from the garden, participants filmed themselves making and playing their homemade instruments. High profile participants included actress and Smooth Radio presenter Tina Hobley, GB Paralympian Mel Nicholls and Royal Ballet principal dancer Steven McRae. Watch the collaborative performance here

Virtual Pet Show

We launched a nationwide search to find fluffy, feathered and scaly pets with talent for our first-ever virtual pet show. Categories that included Waggiest Tail, Funniest Pet and Cutest Pet on Camera attracted 124 amazing entries, all of which were judged by our patron and long-time supporter Dr Dawn Harper. View the entries here.

2.6 Challenge

From a cycleathon to fitness challenges, dance parties and even a Star Wars movie marathon, we were blown away by the brilliantly creative efforts of our fundraisers for the 2.6 Challenge. More than 200 people took part, including students, long-term residents, staff members and charity supporters, raising over £7,600 for National Star. 

Olympic badminton players

Badminton players Marcus Ellis and Lauren Smith auctioned off their All England semi-final kits from the Championships match in Birmingham. The Olympic hopefuls divided the proceeds between National Star and Hospice at Home Carlisle and North Lakeland.

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