Nine charities from across the East Midlands got a much needed cash boost when they received a total of £42,114 from the Star Trust.

Star Trust, itself a charity, which raises money to donate to small to medium sized East Midlands based charities, donated the proceeds from its annual fundraising ball held at Stapleford Park Hotel. The nine selected charities received cheques at a special handover at luxury car showroom of Bentley Leicester.

The annual ball raised £123,000 and was sponsored by Bentley and Lamborghini Leicester. The nine charities will use the funds to support numerous individual great local causes across the region.

Chairman of the Star Trust Steve Hampson said: “We are absolutely delighted to be able to organise this mass presentation of donations for the first time ever.

“With the generosity of the Star Trust Annual Ball attendees, we were able to raise monies to donate to nine individual charities, providing some amazing work in the region.”

Among the charities were: The Lenton Centre, The University of Nottingham Children’s Brain Tumour Research Centre, Variety -The Children’s Charity

Happy Days Children’s Charity, CASY, The Ear Foundation, Children’s Bereavement Centre, First Step and Jericho Road Project.

Steve added: “We were able to utilise the stunning showrooms of Bentley and Lamborghini Leicester to host the presentation and as always we are appreciative of their kind support and assistance in making the event possible.

“Overall it was a wonderful opportunity to get multiple charities together and we were delighted to see that they used the opportunity to discuss common issues they face and meet one another for the first time.”

Star Trust is assisting with a charity masterclass on 7 February in Lincoln. Organised by Roythornes Solicitors, more than 80 charities will have the opportunity to network and find out about common issues they face and get assistance in those areas

Star Trust is set to raise further funds this year with a family fun day in Leicestershire on 11 May, a supercar motoring day in Derbyshire on 3 June and the annual ball again at Stapleford Park on 9 November

Star Trust has been donating to East Midlands-based charities for more than four years, having donated more than £567,000 to 57 different charities in the region. To find out more about Star Trust or how you can apply for a donation