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Thanks for taking the time to visit our JustGiving page, raising money for Make-A-Wish by journeying to Meese Essen as part of Caravan of the Force.

So, what's the Caravan of the Force?  It's a two vehicle convoy with six very special people on-board, all with the common goal of raising money for Make-A-Wish.  The Caravan will be travelling from the UK to France, Belgium, Holland and Germany arriving in time for Star Wars Celebration Europe that takes place 26-28th July in Messe Essen, and then we all drive back again!  As we reach each country we’ll be welcomed by the local 501st Garrison and we’ll raise awareness of our trip and raise funds locally.

In addition, once we're back we'll be auctioning off a number of very special one off items on eBay including a Microsoft Star Wars Xbox signed by various actors and behind-the-scenes people from Star Wars and The Clone Wars. The auctions will start in August and run through to the end of September.

The trip has been organised and will be led by James Burns and Mark Newbold who co-own/run Jedi News, the UK’s #1 Star Wars fan site and the largest English speaking Star Wars fan site in Europe.  James and Mark also write for the Official Star Wars magazine the Star Wars Insider as well as the Official Star Wars Blog at StarWars.com.  Lucasfilm worked with James and Mark to put the Caravan together and help turn a wacky idea into reality.

Joining James and Mark is fan favourite actor Jeremy Bulloch, who played Boba Fett in the original Star Wars films and has acted in numerous other films including Summer Holiday and Octopussy. Jeremy’s wife Maureen is also coming along to keep us all in check!

The final two joining the Caravan are Jedi News team members Matt Booker (Automattic Comics) and Dave Tree (All the Cool Stuff and Palitoy Archive) who bring their driving skills and almost eighty years of combined Star Wars knowledge on-board.

A journey like this is a great way to spread the word and explain what Make-A-Wish do as well as raising money for them, at the same time continuing to promote the great charitable efforts the Star Wars community provides worldwide each and every day. Our aim is to raise a total of £5,000 for Make-A-Wish UK to help make a difference to children who won't necessarily ever get the chance to travel on exciting journeys like this or enjoy the magic of Star Wars at a Celebration event.

So, friends, family, strangers and Star Wars fans alike, dig deep and contribute to the Caravan of the Force.  It doesn't matter how big or little the contribution, it all goes to Make-A-Wish and hopefully together we can help bring smiles to the faces of many terminally ill children by turning their wishes and dreams into reality.

Updates 3

We've been back a week but the Caravan continues, as we prepare to start our Ebay auctions. But don't let that stop you giving to the Caravan right here, we NEED your help to make our annual total of £5000.00. Your generosity has been fantastic but we can still do so much more.

03/08/13 20:02

We are in Essen for Celebration Europe, but the fundraising doens't stop there. We still have 5 days of events to go and a drive home, so follow our progress over at the Official Star Wars website (http://starwarsblog.starwars.com/index.php/tag/caravan-of-the-force/) and donate

25/07/13 00:54

We are in Essen for Celebration Europe, but the fundraising doens't stop there. We still have 5 days of events to go and a drive home, so follow our progress over at the Official Star Wars website (http://starwarsblog.starwars.com/index.php/tag/caravan-of-the-force/) and donate

25/07/13 00:41

Raising money for

Make-A-Wish Foundation UK

Make-A-Wish Foundation UK

Charity Registration No. (England & Wales) 295672 (Scotland) SC037479

Make-A-Wish Foundation UK aims to grant magical wishes to children and young people fighting life-threatening conditions. A wish granted is truly magical and provides memories that last a lifetime.

Donations 44

Better late than never! I just found the postcard.

Donation by Nechama Ray on 11/12/13

£25.00

+ £6.25 Gift Aid

Donation by Glenn Douglas on 12/08/13

£10.00

Hope all the money will bring special things to a lot of people.

Donation by Alex D on 09/08/13

£10.00

Thanks for your work !

Donation by Narayan Naik on 04/08/13

$20.00

Well done for making it there and back in one piece!

Donation by TXTEVA on 03/08/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Thanks!

Donation by David Aicher on 01/08/13

£14.00

Great cause, hope you all enjoyed CE2 as much as I did. MTFBWY!

Donation by Andrew Hewitt on 01/08/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Donation by lee on 31/07/13

£5.00

+ £1.25 Gift Aid

The Caravan's of Courage as it should be, well done guys and also to Mr Jeremy Bullock who wore his costume.

Donation by Alistair Brooks on 30/07/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Looks as though you are having a fantastic time - hope it continues and you raise lots of cash!

Donation by Alison Turner on 29/07/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Well done guys! Welcome home!

Donation by Luke Palmer on 29/07/13

Well done, everyone, and good luck reaching your goal. MTFBWY.

Donation by Scott Hume on 29/07/13

$10.00

Well done everyone.

Donation by James and Maureen Tree on 28/07/13

£20.00

Good luck

Donation by Irene & John on 26/07/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Behind you all the way on this, the Force will be with you, always!

Donation by Scott and Mary on 26/07/13

£50.00

Glad to see you all made it there, best wishes for a safe return

Donation by Stu Horswell on 26/07/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

keep up the good work,may the force be with you all

Donation by Steve Whitcher on 26/07/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Hope you're all enjoying yourselves!

Donation by Alex gordon on 25/07/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

May The Force Be With You

Donation by Peter Innes on 24/07/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Good luck, guys, from "Star Wars: In Character!!!"

Donation by Dave on 24/07/13

Great job guys. Logan has a holiday to Disney from Make a Wish. It's a great cause. And so much fun too. Much love guys! :)

Donation by Carol Streak on 23/07/13

£10.00

Donation by Tan on 23/07/13

£10.00

Good luck guys :D

Donation by Dean H on 23/07/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Hi Mark, We hope you have a great trip and raise lots of money for such a good cause.

Donation by Louise & Adam Charters on 20/07/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

text donation

Donation by Anonymous on 18/07/13

£2.00

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£654.54
  • Offline donations£1,613.67
  • Text donations£13.00
  • Total raised£2,281.21
  • Gift Aid£92.75

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