Carly Owen, from Ladbroke Grove, won the unique prize, signed by the iconic stars of the film franchise, in a prize draw that raised over £12,000 for charity
Neil Ellis, from Elstree, Hertfordshire, spent a year collecting the signatures into one book, including Harrison Ford, Daisy Ridley, J.J. Abrams, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher,
A student from Ladbroke Grove, London, has won a unique autograph book, signed by the cast and crew of the iconic Star Wars films. The book, crammed with over 180 signatures, was won in a prize draw for the national disability charity, Sense, raising £12,247 to support people who are deafblind, have sensory impairments or complex needs.
29 year old, Carly Owen, who works part-time as a barmaid and is studying to become a veterinary surgeon, was one of over 1700 people that entered the prize draw to win the unique book. Her name was picked out at random by Marcos Sanjurjo, a service user at TouchBase South East, a Sense day-service in Barnet.
The prize draw was organised by Star Wars fan Neil Ellis, from Elstree, Hertfordshire, who began collecting the autographs whilst working in the costume and props department at Lucasfilm for the first instalment of the Star Wars sequel trilogy, The Force Awakens.
On finding out the news, Carly said:
“I can’t believe it! I never win anything, and I actually found out I had won on my birthday!
Carly explains how she ended up entering the draw:
“I’m a collector of vintage toys and as I was on eBay looking at R2-D2s, I came across a Kenny Baker signature (actor that portrayed R2D2 in Star Wars). I was tempted to bid but it was a few hundred pounds so I decided not to. That same evening I received a Just Giving email about the prize draw, to be drawn the day after my birthday, so I thought… It’s a sign! I went for it and I am so happy that I did!
Neil Ellis said:
“This is a truly amazing, priceless, prize and I’m so pleased a genuine fan has won it, and we managed to raise so much for a great charity. My friends and family think it’s great, but wonder why I didn’t compile two, so I could keep one for myself!”