Jedi on 400-mile march for Children in Need

Darth Vader (Gavin Harrison) is walking from Coldstream to London to raise money for Children in Need
Darth Vader (Gavin Harrison) is walking from Coldstream to London to raise money for Children in Need

Darth Vader, alias Gavin Harrison, sets out from Coldstream on Sunday, October 30, on Pudsey’s Imperial March to raise money for Children in Need.

In full Darth Vader costume, the former Jedi warrior looks to have returned from the dark side and hopes to cover the 400 miles to the BBC’s studios in London by Friday, November 18, when Pudsey and his crew take over BBC1 for the evening for the main Children in Need fundraiser.

If you happen to be in the vicinity of Coldstream Co-op store at around 9am on Sunday morning, don’t panic if you come across the Jedi warrior as he comes in peace and is setting off on his journey south from there.

Inside the Darth Vader suit is Yorkshireman Gavin, and there’s every chance that other Star Wars characters will join him en route.

He is hoping that lots of local children will come and say hello before he sets out on his epic journey.

“The reason I have chosen Coldstream as my starting point is because it has a well-established route that General George Monck first completed in 1660,” said Gavin.

“I have friends that have served in the Coldstream Guards who have talked about the walk, and I felt it was a challenge I would like to take on but with a bit of a Star Wars twist.

“The walk should take two and half weeks to complete. I want to coincide the date that I arrive at the studios with the big night of Children in Need to have as much impact as possible and raise as much as I can for this magnificent cause.”

You can donate to Gavin’s CiN fundraising march at his JustGiving page