We are so pleased to announce that our latest Company of the Month is Sentinel Squad UK!
Founded in 2013, Sentinel Squad UK is a Star Wars fandom group based in Yorkshire, which raises money for local children’s charities. Members of Sentinel Squad UK travel to different events and locations dressed as Star Wars characters, collecting donations and raising awareness of their chosen charity.
The 80-plus members of Sentinel Squad UK bring a huge range of Star Wars costumes to their outings – from Darth Vader and Stormtroopers to Princess Leia and four very large Wookies! By encouraging passers-by to stop and have their photo taken with their favourite character, the Sentinel Squad UK members are able to engage with people to spread awareness about their chosen charity and collect donations.
Each year, Sentinel Squad UK selects a different Yorkshire-based children’s charity to support for a 12-month period. As a non-profit organisation, with no overheads or administrative fees, Sentinel Squad UK can give 100% of the funds they collect to their chosen charity. Its members even fund all their expenses themselves – from paying for their own travel to making their own costumes.
We were absolutely delighted when Sentinel Squad chose to support Candlelighters and our families last year. Since beginning their support for Candlelighters in 2022, Sentinel Squad UK have travelled all over Yorkshire to raise funds and awareness – appearing at shopping centres and public spaces, attending various events, and meeting lots of people along the way.
Iain Blackwood-Hobbs, Partnerships Executive at Candlelighters, said: “Charity partnerships and fundraisers can take different forms – from raffles and golf days to running a marathon – but our new partnership with Sentinel Squad UK is quite unique. Who would have thought Champ, the Candlelighters mascot, would be lining up alongside Darth Vader and his Storm Troopers?! We are really excited to be working with Mark and his team this year as they travel across Yorkshire to raise money for Candlelighters and to help us deliver our services to families. If you see a Wookie, a Storm Trooper or Kylo Ren in a shopping centre near you, be sure to stop for a photo or two.”
Sentinel Squad UK have various appearances booked in across Yorkshire. Anyone wanting to say hello and have a photo with their favourite Star Wars character can find them at the following locations and events:
- Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th February – Junction 32 Shopping Centre, Castleford
- Saturday 4th March – 10 Princes Quay, Hull
- Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th April – Manchester Central Convention Complex, Manchester
- Sunday 23rd April – Scarborough Spa, Scarborough
- Saturday 29th April – Games Temple, Leeds
- Sunday 30th April –The Ridings Shopping Centre, Wakefield
- Saturday 27th May – White Rose Shopping Centre, Leeds
- Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th June – Junction 32 Shopping Centre, Castleford