Cutout figures up for grabs
In a galaxy not so far away, shop staff are doing their bit to support a much-loved cancer charity.
Morrisons’ Anchor Mill store is holding a silent auction giving customers the chance to win lifesized cutouts of popular Star Wars characters – with all the takings going to CLIC Sargent.
Organised by community champion Kaya Wilkinson says the fundraising effort has taken on extra significance since the sad passing of colleague Danielle McKee, aged just 23, in November last year.
Kaya said: “We had the release of the last Star Wars film on DVD and we received these giant cardboard cutouts to promote it.
“Someone said we should do something with them, so we came up with the idea for a silent auction.
“We have a Red Guard, Chewbacca, a Stormtropper and robot BB-8.
“Customers can come to the shop and bid on the characters they want. The highest bid wins.
“The Morrisons company charity partner is CLIC Sargent, an organisation that supports young people with cancer.
“The company wants to raise £ 8million over three years, and we are playing our part.
“Our colleague Danielle was just 23 when she passed away last year.
“CLIC Sargent help people like her so we want to help raise money so they can help as many other people as possible.
“Cancer is a disease that affects almost everyone, so raising money to help fight it and support those suffering from it is very important.
Danielle was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma just two days before she died.
The cancer affects around 1,900
Customers can come to the shop and bid on the Star Wars characters they want. The highest bid wins Kaya Wilkinson
people – mostly young adults in their earlier 20s and those aged over 70 – and ravages the vessels and glands throughout the body.
Danielle had spent her life battling DiGeorge syndrome – a rare disorder affecting just one in 4,000 children.
Kaya added: “The auction ends on Star Wars Day, May 4, so there is plenty of time to come down to the store to get involved.”