Star Wars gold: Signed picture of Boba Fett raffled off in aid of Hartlepool hospice

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Star Wars enthusiasts have the chance to get their hands on a signed picture from one of the original cast during a fundraising event ahead of the release of the latest movie.

Hartlepool & District Hospice is joining the excitement of the build-up for the release of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens by hosting their own screening of the original movie trilogy, back to back in one day.

Excitement is building among fans of the series ahead of the release of the new film in the run-up to Christmas.

The latest trailer for the new movie, which was released on Tuesday, is already nearing 40 million views on YouTube.

The hospice’s Star Wars Day fundraiser takes place at Hartlepool College of Further Education on Saturday, November 28, just three weeks before the release of the new film.

Fans will be able to recap on the original classic series of movies; Star Wars Episodes IV-VI: A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, with tickets costing just £10 to see all three movies.

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The hospice has also been contacted by Hartlepool man and Star Wars memorabilia collector Tom Waugh, who moved away from the town 18 years ago.

Currently living in Leicester, but coming home to support the event, Tom read about the Star Wars day on Twitter.

He got in touch with the hospice to book his tickets and donate a prize for the raffle, a signed photograph of the actor Jeremy Bulloch, who played the character Boba Fett in the films.

Tom said: “I’ve always been a big Star Wars fan and really enjoy events such as this.

NOP SUPPLIED    From: Alison Emerson <AEmerson@hartlepoolhospice.co.uk> Date: 22 October 2015 at 11:05 Subject: Calling all Star Wars Fans       Star Wars Day being held by the Hospice. Tom Waugh, Star Wars fan dressed as Obi Wan Kenobi

NOP SUPPLIED From: Alison Emerson <AEmerson@hartlepoolhospice.co.uk> Date: 22 October 2015 at 11:05 Subject: Calling all Star Wars Fans Star Wars Day being held by the Hospice. Tom Waugh, Star Wars fan dressed as Obi Wan Kenobi

“When I heard it was happening in my home town I was keen to get involved, particularly with it being in aid of the hospice, which is such a fantastic charity and a vital service for Hartlepool.”

It costs £2.34 million to continue providing the current range of services. The hospice receives 24% NHS funding so the outstanding £1,780,000 must be raised through the local community and other fundraising initiatives.

Hospice fundraiser Greg Hildreth added: “We are really excited about the release of the new film and I think this triple bill screening is a fantastic way to get in the mood whilst raising much-needed funds for a great local charity.

“I would like to thank Tom and everyone else for their kind support with the event so far; it will be a great day for Star Wars fans of all ages.”

To book tickets, people can contact Greg on 01429 855 529 or visit www.hartlepoolhospice.co.uk