Win R2-D2

23rd April 2019

Fans of the epic space franchise Star Wars now have the chance to get their hands on a very special series souvenir – and help fight back against meningitis at the same time

R2-D2 droid in fundraising raffle for Meningitis Now blog

On offer is a unique, fully-working, half-size model of R2-D2 – the lovable droid from the series – and it can be yours for just £10.

Lee Towersey, who has worked on all the Star Wars films since The Force Awakens (episode VII) and has looked after R2-D2 ever since, is running the prize draw to raise funds for us. All money raised will come directly to support our ongoing lifesaving and life-changing work.

Complete and fully working

Lee told us, “I’ve personally built this half-scale R2-D2 droid, which has been tested complete and fully working."

“I’m grateful to DeAgostini, who have been kind enough to donate the kit to me so I can raise funds for charity."

“The droid has also had its appearance improved by means of weathering thanks to Henrik, who has worked in the Star Wars creatures department, painting many of the creatures featured in the films.”

Lee, who is Chairman of the UK R2-D2 Builders Club, chose to support us after hearing the sad story of fellow club member Ian Yates, who lost his daughter Joanna to the disease.

Such a worthy charity

”It’s such a worthy charity,” he said, “and I hope we can make a significant contribution to Meningitis Now’s lifesaving and life-changing work through this unique raffle – there’s not another R2-D2 droid like this in the country, nor ever will be.”

The draw will take place at midday on Saturday 10 August at the R2UK live event and Lee plans to broadcast it live on Facebook. He will be using an online randomising system to select the lucky winning ticket.

R2-D2 droid in fundraising raffle for Meningitis Now blog

To enter the draw and be in with a chance of winning this unique and fabulous model visit Those who wish to can donate more than the £10 ticket amount.  So, for example, if you donate £20, this will get you two entries to the draw.

Anyone winning from outside the UK will have to cover the cost of postage and packing.

Kindly donated

The half scale R2-D2 kit has been kindly donated by DeAgostini and personally built by Lee. Full details of the amazing kit can be found at

Our Community Fundraiser, Sophia Lanciano Newman, said, “We’re so grateful to Lee for choosing to support us in this way – what an amazing thing to do."

“I hope lots of people join in the draw and help to raise the vital funds we need to support the thousands of people affected by meningitis every year."

“Good luck everybody – May the Force Be With You – and thank you Lee.”

  • Meningitis Now Toubkal Trek event blog

    A taster of Toubkal

    The 360 degree view from the summit is like no other; it's well-earned and worth every step

  • Model train to raise money after meningitis experience blog

    A model fundraiser

    Mike said that “by all rights” he should not be here to tell the story, let alone build a model railway

  • John Fensom twelve marathon challenge for Meningitis Now blog

    One year, twelve marathons

    I’m grateful that my twelfth and final marathon of the challenge will be at London 2019. It’s a special event for me

  • Meningitis Now Events Training Hub Logo - blue

    The Hub of the action

    If you’ve made it your mission this year to take exercise to a new level, we’re here to help