Lowestoft charity shop is invaded by intergalactic visitor in aid of good cause

 Star Wars at Sense charity shop. Photo by Simon Ward.

Star Wars at Sense charity shop. Photo by Simon Ward. - Credit: Simon Ward.

Visitors to a Lowestoft charity shop enjoyed an out of this galaxy treat courtesy of a visiting Stormtrooper.

The visit by Paul Czajkowski of the East Anglian Star Wars Club, on April 12, was part of a Star Wars takeover of Sense charity shops across the country in a bid to help boost fundraising efforts.

The shops, which raise money to support people who are deafblind, have sensory impairments and complex needs, is running Star Wars-themed activities for children throughout the Easter week.

Kim Stanbrook, assistant manager at Sense in Lowestoft, said: 'It makes a big difference to have Paul here. Lots of children, and adults too, have been coming to meet him and pose for photos as he has been walking up and down the high street and in the shop.'

Held between noon and 1pm the event enabled people of all ages the opportunity to meet Stormtrooper TK17272 as well as take part in a Star Wars themed tombola and charity prize draw to win an autograph book donated by lifelong Star Wars fan, Neil Ellis.


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The 43 year-old Lucasfilm employee spent a year collecting the celebrity signatures of the likes of Harrison Ford, Daisy Ridley and John Boyega.

On May 4, a winner will be chosen, with proceeds being donated to Sense.

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Mr Czajkowski, said: 'I am here today to help raise awareness of what Sense does and have spent the last hour or so meeting youngsters and their parents.'

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