Cutout fig­ures up for grabs

Paisley Daily Express - - Star Wars Auction For Cancer Charity - David Camp­bell

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.”

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