Friday 30th March 2012
Science fiction fans with disabilities are getting the chance to meet the man behind one of Star Wars' most iconic robots.
Kenny Baker, who played robot R2D2 in the film series, is due to drop in to the Sandpipers Respite Centre in Southport as part of its first Sci-Fi Week, starting on April 28.
The actor will be meeting guests at the centre run by charity Vitalise, which provides breaks for people with disabilities and their carers, on May 2.
Darren Holloran, general manager of Vitalise Sandpipers, said: "Like the Apollo missions, we were over the moon when Kenny graciously agreed to drop into Sandpipers for our first ever Sci-Fi Week. He is a legend among Star Wars fans and film lovers the world over.
"We pride ourselves on giving people with disabilities and carers the same opportunities to see and try new things that anyone else would expect when on holiday. We never see disability as a barrier to experiencing all that life has to offer."
Other activities available during Sci-Fi week include accessible excursions to Manchester Science Museum, Jodrell Bank Observatory and Spaceport Visitor Centre, and screenings of classic sci-fi films including Star Wars.
Guests can still sign up to take part in Sci-Fi Week. For more information or to book a place call 0303 3030145.