Clone Commanders and Jedi Knights turned out in ‘force’ to raise money for a young girl with four-limb cerebral palsy.
Members of the 99th Garrison costuming Star Wars group supported member Stephen Ball in his 14-mile trek from Accrington to Burnley, via Rawtenstall and Haslingden, in aid of Neave’s Fund and disabled children’s charities.
Star Wars fan Neave Evans, from Great Harwood, was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at birth in 2011 and is unable to walk, crawl or stand.
Her parents Jan and Maxine recently moved house in Great Harwood and are aiming to raise £80,000 to adapt the property to provide ground-floor accommodation for Neave, a specialist bath and sensory items.
Jan said he met former soldier Stephen, from Accrington, through a Star Wars group on Facebook and he offered to dress up in full Clone Commander Gree costume for the sponsored walk.
Father-of-two Jan said: “Myself and Stephen did the full thing. His daughter also did the first leg and then Captain America joined us for the second leg.
“In Rawtenstall other members of the Garrison joined us, including a Storm Trooper, and then a couple of Jedi were waiting for us at Burnley.
“Neave loves Star Wars and we take her to any events that are pretty local. It’s the 99th Garrison that seem to do a lot of them.
“We have been in touch with them a few times before and they kindly sent a Darth Vadar to her birthday party last month.”
The walk was held on Saturday, November 14, raising more than £1,700 and included visits to Tesco stores at all four towns along the route.
Jan said: “It’s really serious stuff to be in the garrison. The Star Wars costumes have to be 100 per cent movie accurate to be approved for the group and members are not allowed to take off their helmet in public.
“We had a lot of cars stopping for us and beeping at us and people giving us waves, which was great.
“Stephen has just been ridiculous. The armour he was wearing was so uncomfortable and painful for him to attempt to do that, never mind the pace he did it in. It’s just phenomenal.
“The guys from the 99th Garrison gave up their time which was brilliant.
“Tesco were absolutely superb and looked after us really well. Neave and her little sister Frankie had a whale of a time.”