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Sci-Fi spectacular makes thousands for Rachel House hospice in Kinross

Pictured is Adam Meldrum, from Kirkcaldy, with James Mackenzie (Raven) and Jimmy Vee who played R2D2 in the Star Wars movies.
Pictured is Adam Meldrum, from Kirkcaldy, with James Mackenzie (Raven) and Jimmy Vee who played R2D2 in the Star Wars movies.

A science-fiction extravaganza has made thousands of pounds for a Kinross children’s hospice.

Stars from Doctor Who, Harry Potter and Star Wars captivated crowds at the annual Capital Sci-Fi Con.

The family-friendly movie and pop culture event boasted cars from the Transformer movies and a van full of Oor Wullie statues.

It is held each year to raise funds for Children’s Hospices Across Scotland (CHAS) which operates Rachel House in Kinross.

Since its launch five years ago, the Edinburgh event has made more than £250,000 for the charity.

Among this year’s star guests were former Doctor Who Colin Baker, Harry Potter actor David Bradley, James Mackenzie of children’s show Raven, Game of Thrones star Ian Hanmore and Jimmy Vee, who replaced Kenny Baker as R2 D2 in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Adam Meldrum (wheelchair) and his Mum Lynn Scott alongside the Farrell family (superman t shirt) who use Rachel House with some of the tv and celebrity guests.

There were also a variety of props from the world of Marvel, Batman, Gremlins and ET, as well as panel talks and comic book artists.

Meanwhile, an online auction featuring items donated by Peter Capaldi and Star Wars effects guru Brian Herring has been set up to raise further funds. Money will also go towards CHAS’s Robin House hospice in Balloch.

The whole event is organised by charity stalwart Keith Armour and his band of volunteer costumed “causeplayers”.

“The atmosphere has been buzzing this year,” he said. “I’m so pleased with the way everybody came together to pull off this fan-centric convention, which genuinely is a labour of love for so many people, for a fifth time.

“We seem to be going from strength to strength and the fact that families from Rachel and Robin House can be here to take a break and enjoy the occasion is just lovely.”

Laura Campbell, senior CHAS community fundraiser added: “Keith and his team of ’causeplayers’ who come from all over the country are a phenomenal group of fundraisers.

“Through their infectious passion for all things sci-fi and creating their own community in the process, they’ve managed to raise an astounding £250,000 for CHAS over the last five years.”

The amount raised at this weekend’s event is still being totted up.

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