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We are proud and honoured to be present today at the ringing of the end of treatment bell for 11 year old Edward at Leeds Children and Teenage Radiotherapy department. Present fron the UK Garrison were Ben Galvin,Darth Vader, Andrew Harrison,Stormtrooper, Wayne Winfield,Stormtrooper and supported by Mark Taylor. R2DJ with Darren Poulson from UKR2Builders helped to make the day special, but it was all topped of by a supporting Tweet from Luke Skywalker himself Mark Hamill. Pictures by Mark Taylm Taylor
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A small squad of UKG troopers were on hand recently to support and help the fundraising for the Ronald McDonald House Charities fundraising day in Goole. RMHC is a charity that helps children in hospital and their families by providing free 'home away from home' accommodation.
The event was covered in the local news papers.
Troopers on hand were Wayne Winfield and Julian Smithson (Stormtroopers), Matt Johnson (Darth Revan) and helper/spotter on the day was Andrea Johnson.
Want to know about what we do and why we do it? Well Heroes of the Empire, a professional documentary the UK Garrison will be available worldwide on Amazon Prime from 8th February 2019.
The trailer can be found https://youtu.be/A2DB3WF2Q18
As we draw an end to 2018 we would like to thank all our members for their continued, and has to be said amazing support this year. Command staff and crew members, front of house or behind the scenes, our members through the continual building and development of stunning screen accurate costumes, event coordination, organiser liaison... and of course ‘trooping’ at events to raise money for charity, just continues to get better and better.
This year across the whole of the UK more than 38,500 trooper hours were freely given by our members at over 500 event days, generating thousands of pounds for various charities…
..and that doesn’t include the time taken by our members to travel to and from the events we support, and in some cases, overnight stays too.
And thank you to all our supporters and fans too - the people that come to see us at these events to have their photos taken with us or to meet their favourite characters, and to the families who have allowed us to visit your loved ones in hospital or care facilities to help put a smile on some very poorly little faces.
Here’s to seeing you all at various events across the UK throughout 2019 – local events to national events, hospitals to hospices, small local charity fund raisers to the big MCM Comic Cons… each and every event is as important to us as it is to you.
Wishing you and yours a great and happy New Year.
Each year the UK Garrison awards a member who they feel has gone above and beyond the call of duty for the sake of charity or the welfare of the Garrison. The 2018 'Trooper of the Year' was awarded to Ian Rickhuss.
Ian is a trained paramedic and looked after a lady at a troop on the IOW whilst waiting for the emergency services to arrive. He was also awarded 501st Legion Trooper of the Month.
The award was presented by the Garrison CO Gary Hails at the Birmingham Symphony Hall event to the complete surprise of Ian.
Congratulations Ian and well done trooper.