Our chosen charity to support at the March 2019 MCM Comic Con weekend was Meningitis Now - a charity very close to the hearts and minds of our friends at R2 Builders, whose member Ian Yates sadly lost his teenage daughter, Joanna to meningitis not so long ago.
We are delighted to announce that across the weekend the UK Garrison along with our friends at R2 Builders, Rebel Legion, Mando Mercs, the 15th Cyber Legion, and Silver Sabres, we raised a whopping £2,531.53.
Ian Yates said "Wendy, Denholm and I are elated at the love, care and support shown by so many from across all the groups at MCM Birmingham and it is an experience we shall never, ever forget.
We are very, very grateful for everyones efforts, I know that Kirsty and the rest of her team at Meningitis Now will be delighted.
Thank you so much once again for this incredible gesture and show of support."
And we would like to say thank you to everyone who donated over the weekend. Your support as ever is very much appreciated.
The phrase “Bad guys doing good” was demonstrated yesterday by members of the 501st UK Garrison. A last minute request to attend the Children’s Hospice South West to visit Jake and his younger brother Max was undertaken by two of our dedicated troopers. Jake is a massive Star Wars fan and we were there to make his last weekend staying at the hospice a memorable one. The brothers both have a fantastic knowledge on Star Wars and Jake even putting our troopers to the test at times, and he is also building his own Mandalorian helmet!
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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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.