A CHARITY raised more than £4,000 with a Starr Water Wars at Hove Lagoon Watersports.

Twelve business teams took part in the event, staged for the second time by the Starr Trust.

The multi-sport event included water activities such as paddle boarding, kayak water polo, raft building and log rolling.

Back on dry land there was also a crazy golf competition. DJ Guy Lloyd of Juice Brighton was the host.

First prize to went to the team from Jury’s Inn Waterfront Hotel, with Sheridan Coopers second and Team Webb third.

Families and friends from across Sussex came along to support the teams and refreshments were provided by Lagoon Watersports with barbecue food from Steyning Butchers.

In addition there was plenty to keep children entertained with pirate island paddle boarding, trampolines, face painting and hair braiding.

Starr Trust events manager Rosie Molloy said: “The day couldn’t have gone any better with so many teams getting involved and Guy Lloyd helping to create a fantastic party atmosphere.

“We are so grateful to all the businesses that took part and also to our event sponsors, Beales of Worthing, Airsprung and Drum Technologies Brighton for their support.

“In excess of £4,000 was raised which will help local youngsters achieve their goals in art, sport and education.”

The Starr Trust, which is based in Goldstone Street, Hove, helps youngsters aged ten to 18 fulfil their potential in art, sport and education.

The charity provides financial grants of up to £5,000.

A spokesman said: “We are an independent, family-run charity.

“Our income comes entirely from community fundraising and events, and donations from generous companies and individuals.

“We have created networks of mentors and professionals who provide opportunities for training and skills sharing.

“We aim to encourage independent thinking, entrepreneurship and a social conscience in young people through all our activities.

“We believe in a world in which young people are supported to achieve their fullest potential – where they flourish as individuals whilst making a positive contribution to their community, and in turn are recognised for their achievements.”

For more information about the Starr Trust go to www.starrtrust.com