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A fantastic start to our 50th year

A fantastic start to our 50th year
National Star received the royal seal of approval for enabling young people with disabilities to have a ‘limitless life’ rather than a ‘life with limits’.

The Countess of Wessex met learners, staff and supporters of National Star at its campus near Cheltenham to mark the national charity’s 50th anniversary.

The royal visit has been just one of the highlights of a year-long celebration.

On 10 May, the actual day of the anniversary, all staff and learners from all of National Star’s sites joined a massive party at the Ullenwood campus.

The highlight of the day was the wheelchair accessible hot air balloon. Learners enjoyed rides on the tethered balloon, which was sponsored by Renishaw.

In May more than 150 former learners returned to National Star for the 50th student reunion.

The royal visit in July was a special day for 19-year-old learner Alisha Williams. She escorted the royal visitor on a tour of the campus with National Star Chief Executive David Ellis.

The Countess had a tour of the learners’ art exhibition and watched a display of aerial dancing.

In October Baroness Bakewell DBE hosted a special reception at the House of Lords. We will end our 50th year with a gala dinner at Gloucester Cathedral on 11 May 2018.

Find out more

Email our Fundraising team at to find out more about the gala dinner taking place at Gloucester Cathedral.

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