May 3, 2018

CIRENCESTER – Mitsubishi Motors in the UK is helping National Star bring its 50th anniversary celebrations to an exciting conclusion by naming one of the cross country fences at the iconic Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials (2-6 May 2018) after the long-established charity. 

The National Star Trakehner is the 21st fence at this year’s event and with its demanding jump over a sizeable ditch, it is expected to generate a great deal of coverage for the charity as a result of it being a firm favourite with photographers.

In addition, Mitsubishi Motors in the UK is once again donating the use of the lakeside hospitality pavilion to National Star on the Friday of the event for the charity to host guests and assist with its fundraising efforts. 

Cheltenham-based National Star works with young adults with severe disabilities and their families to provide support, training and support to help them lead independent and fulfilling lives. The charity has worked with thousands of young people since it was founded in 1967 and today up to 300 students can be enrolled at any given time under the care and tutelage of its specialist staff.

Mitsubishi Motors in the UK has supported National Star for over seven years and has helped to raise more than £100,000 for the charity. It has also previously provided vehicles to help with the college’s work and recently donated its Gloucester Rugby match day rights to National Star – including replacing the Mitsubishi Motors logo on the team’s rugby shirts with that of the charity. By donating the fence and the hospitality pavilion, Mitsubishi Motors in the UK reinforces its commitment to National Star and helps to develop the charity’s profile.

The Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials is the world’s premier 3-Day-Event and attracts over 160,000 visitors each year, making it one of the top 10 sporting occasions in the UK. The world’s best riders flock to Badminton Park to tackle the legendary cross country course, which is televised on BBC2 on Sunday 6th May.

Lance Bradley, Vice Chairman, Mitsubishi Motors in the UK, is also a National Star 50th Anniversary Ambassador. He commented: “It is always an honour to be involved with National Star and particularly in its 50th year. The charity does amazing work helping its students reach their full potential through educational support and independent living. Here at Mitsubishi Motors we enjoy looking for new ways to help raise the profile of National Star and we are delighted to contribute this prestigious fence and to continue to support them with the charity auction in the lakeside pavilion on Friday 4th May.”

David Ellis, Chief Executive of National Star, said: "This incredibly generous offer will have a huge impact in raising the profile of National Star locally and nationally. We are proud to be a Gloucestershire-based charity and for 50 years we have supported young people with complex disabilities to realise their aspirations. With Mitsubishi Motors’ support we will be able to help young people and their families for years to come.”


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Mitsubishi Motors built its first cars in 1917 and over the past century has established a reputation for tough, reliable and extremely capable vehicles, particularly in terms of all-terrain and 4X4 vehicles such as the Mitsubishi Shogun and L200 pickup. In 2014 it launched the game-changing Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV which is not only the UK’s best-selling plug-in hybrid vehicle, it also remains the most advanced and efficient vehicle in its class. In 2018, two more class-leading vehicles join the Mitsubishi range – the Eclipse Cross and the Shogun Sport. For more details visit

National Star is a UK national centre of excellence based in Gloucestershire. The UK-wide charity prepares young people with complex disabilities and learning difficulties for adulthood and helps them realise their aspirations through personalised learning, transition, support and destination services. It provides long-term accommodation, respite care, supported internships, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, hydrotherapy, speech and language therapy and psychological support.

According to 2016 Government statistics there has been a 50 per cent rise in the number of disabled children in England with complex needs since 2004, including a doubling in the number of children with complex autism. Every year National Star supports 1,500 young people with disabilities. As well as education centres in Cheltenham, Mamhilad, and Hereford, it runs training programmes across the country.