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Star Wars characters visit Colchester Hospital children’s ward to put smiles on faces

Star Wars characters meet patient, Willow Smith (12), on Colchester Hospital’s children’s unit. Picture: COLCHESTER HOSPITAL

Star Wars characters meet patient, Willow Smith (12), on Colchester Hospital’s children’s unit. Picture: COLCHESTER HOSPITAL

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Visitors from a galaxy far, far away made an appearance at Colchester Hospital today.

Staff from Colchester’s children’s unit with Star Wars Stormtroopers. Picture: COLCHESTER HOSPITAL Staff from Colchester’s children’s unit with Star Wars Stormtroopers. Picture: COLCHESTER HOSPITAL

R2-CT, an X-Wing pilot, an Imperial Crew member and two Storm Troopers – from the iconic Star Wars franchise – took over the children’s unit to put smiles on faces. Members of Invasion Colchester - a charity that dresses as different fantasy characters, raising funds for Colchester Hospitals Charity (CoHoC) and St Helena Hospice - donned the outfits, posed for pictures with children, parents and staff, and handed out presents, including Star Wars posters and stationary from Colchester Odeon, as part of the memorable visit.

The charity has raised almost £12,000 for its chosen charities this year and Invasion Colchester Event Coordinator and Star Wars fanatic Kerrie Williams, wearing an Imperial Crew uniform, said: “It’s great to bring some smiles to the children’s faces and you can’t put a price on that.

“We have also made some new, amazing little friends too.”

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