From The Ewok's Lair (09/04/2009)

From The Ewok's Lair (09/04/2009)

Hello there! It's so good to see you; it seems like forever since we last met! I've been so very busy and I have so much to tell you, but first let's get you sorted out! I hope chocolate milkshake is agreeable to you and there is a big bowl of Reese's Peanut Butter Cups on the table. Here, help yourself, aren't they yummy! Nadesico gave them to me; he's so kind and thoughtful!

Well, now you're settled let me tell you what's been happening and why I haven't been home these past weekends. The first weekend I went to Little Havens Children's Hospice with the Star Warriors. This is a special place that provides respite breaks; symptom control and end-of-life care for younglings living with serious conditions and who are not expected to reach adulthood. It aims to make their journey - and that of the family - as comfortable as possible, creating special memories along the way. The love and care provided by the Care Team in the homely surroundings at Little Havens is as special and unique as the child.

Little Havens receive very limited government funding and rely mainly on charitable donations. They were having a sponsored walk to help raise funds so we went along to see the walkers off and to help make the day memorable for them. We would have liked to say 'Hello' to some of the poorly children but it was a bit too chilly for them to come outside however we are planning on visiting them again and hope to be able to do something a bit special for them then!

Anyway, back to the day - there were an amazing 23 Star Warriors members that attended, 18 of those in costume! It was fabulous! We really impressed the organisers and everybody that was taking part. It's such a shame that you weren't there - the surprise and excitement on the faces of the little humans was a pleasure to behold, the grown ups were just as delighted too! I got so many hugs, I had two Cylon mirrors and stayed well away from Mister Vader - it was such a great day! Oh, your glass is empty - here let me fill it for you, there you go and have some more Peanut Butter Cups. If I eat them all I'll get peanut butter all over my fur and it makes such a sticky mess! I must tell you about the afternoon... Debowli couldn't join us until later and when he did arrive we were all out by the main gate welcoming the walkers back. When he drove in the sandtroopers and stormtroopers stopped his car - there were quite a lot of them and it was like something out of 'Road Wars' they all had their guns pointed at him and made him get out of the car then Darth Vader came along and inspected his tax disc and said it was out of date. It wasn't but they arrested him anyway! While they were doing that I got into the boot of the car and hid. I didn't want to get arrested - that mean Mister Vader and all his troopers are scary! Then one of the sandtroopers decided to look in the boot - uh-ho! This is what they put in the report to Lord Vader:

"it was a great shame that his tax disc was out of date and Lord Vader was very unimpressed... Trying to bribe a Sandtrooper didn't go down very well either...

A search of the vehicle found many problems including low oil and a dirty engine bay...

A deeper search revealed that Debowli was attempting the illegal transportation of a controlled animal across county lines... The offending animal (who claimed to be an Ewok) was mostly untrained and very badly behaved stealing the cap of our resident photographer and waggling his fingers at our lord Darth Vader...

it was decided at this time to place the animal in cuffs for everyone's safety - Ewoks apparently carry many fleas and other parasites and most of them are rabid... Just because they're seen eating flowers does NOT make their breath fresh either..."

Oooh, how very dare they! I am not illegal! I am not untrained or badly behaved! I do not have fleas or other parasites! And I do not have rabies! They didn't see the Jawa who while everyone's backs were turned stole one of the car's wheel trims and was last seen running off down the road towards freedom... I don't know if they ever caught him!

I did try to eat the daffodils, but they looked like pretty butter flowers - I didn't know you weren't supposed to eat them!

The troopers and Darth Vader were so pleased with themselves that they decided to stop all the cars that were leaving and 'fine' them - this impromptu collection raised an extra £105 for Little Havens!

When we had finished for the day we all went off to the local Harvester for a meal which was a lot of fun! It's good to get together and socialize and we try to do it as often as possible.

It was a very good day for a very worthy cause! If you want to find out more about the fantastic work that Little Havens do or if you want to support them please visit their website: www.littlehavens.org.uk.

We do have so much fun! The Star Warriors are such a friendly bunch!

So, that was one weekend.

The following weekend we were at London Victoria Railway Station, on the Gatwick Express and at Gatwick Railway Station - it was the first ever multi-location event for Star Warriors and it went really well! We were collecting for APEC (Action on Pre-eclampsia). Pre-eclampsia is the most common of the serious complications of pregnancy. It is caused by a defect in the placenta, which joins the mother and baby and supplies the baby with nutrients and oxygen from the mother's blood. In its early stages pre-eclampsia is symptom-less and is only detectable by specific regular antenatal checks. Pre-eclampsia is known as a multi-system disorder which means it can affect different parts of the mother's body such as the liver, kidneys, cardiovascular system or clotting systems. Sadly, one of our members lost his lovely and much loved wife Lauren as a result of Pre-eclampsia. No one had any idea that Lauren's pregnancy was anything other than normal and she gave birth to a fantastic little boy who was named Charlie, unfortunately soon after the birth Lauren suffered a cardiac arrest and passed away. Charlie is now a bright and happy 3 year old with a marvellous Dad, regrettably he will never know his mother who is still greatly missed. The love and support of Star Warriors will always be with them and we would ask anyone that can to please support them by visiting www.justgiving.com/ILoveLauren and sponsoring Merlin, Charlie's dad, who is running the London Marathon in aid of APEC.

'Scuse me, I need to blow my nose... it's so sad when this happens and to such lovely people! Pass me a handful of those peanut butter cups, I need some chocolate.

Anyway, we had 13 members for this event, unlucky for some but not for us! Numbers were restricted due to Network Rail's security protocols; however we had 4 members at Victoria, 4 travelling backwards and forwards on the Gatwick Express and 5 at Gatwick Station itself. Maybe you saw us? If so we would love to hear from you!

Two of the guys who were on the Gatwick Express were in their SG-1 costumes and you'll never guess what happened! They met Suanne Braun who played Hathor in SG-1. Can you believe it, such a small world! She was lovely and they got her autograph too! The highlight of the day for the troopers at Gatwick was when they got 'arrested' by two lovely officers from Suffolk Armed Response Unit - this was quite a novelty for the troopers as they are usually the ones doing the 'arresting'! They did look so funny spread out in a line against the wall! All in all it was a very good day and we raised over £500 for a very good cause! To find out more about APEC please visit their website: www.apec.org.uk or to sponsor Merlin please go to: www.justgiving.com/ilovelauren.

Oh gosh! The time has gone so quickly again! Come back next week and we'll talk about starting a costume from scratch. Bye bye for now.

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Carole Connor
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