In a galaxy far, far away, Darth Vader gave a helping hand to Sussex HIV charity at its summer fete.
More than £1,800 was raised at the The Sussex Beacon event on Saturday, September 9, in the charity base's garden on Bevendean Road, Brighton.
Darth Vader and other Star Wars characters joined the fun as The UK Garrison, one of the leading Star Wars costume groups made an appearance.
Simon Dowe, chief executive of The Sussex Beacon, said: “Over £1,800 is an incredible total, which will all go directly towards our vital work supporting people living with HIV. Huge thanks go to everyone who came on the day - the entertainers, staff, volunteers and those who helped out by baking cakes.
"I didn’t think I’d ever find myself chatting over a cup of tea with Darth Vader, but it turns out he’s a nice guy when it comes to supporting a good cause!”
Stalls at the fete included traditional favourites including a coconut shy, hook a duck, whack-a-rat, face painting, a tombola and a raffle. As well as photo opportunities in the afternoon with the Star Wars characters, there was also entertainment from David Hill, David Raven and Keris Lea.
The Sussex Beacon provides specialist support and care for people living with HIV through both inpatient and outpatient services. It helps hundreds of people living with HIV in Sussex each year and was rated ‘outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission in September.
For more information on The Sussex Beacon, visit: www.sussexbeacon.org.uk