Chorley man's celebrity quest for Derian House

Steve Royle and Colin Hendry
Steve Royle and Colin Hendry

How many famous people can Mick Ellison get to sign his Derian House T-shirt?

The self-confessed celebrity spotter from Chorley has tasked himself with getting as many stars to autograph the shirt ready to raise funds for the charity which supports children with terminal illnesses or life limiting conditions.

Scott Maslen

Scott Maslen

So far 12 celebrities have signed the T-shirt: Tony Robinson; EastEnders actor Scott Maslen; Spencer Wilding (Darth Vader in Rogue One); comedian Steve Royle; footballer Colin Hendry; CBeebies star Katy Ashworth; celebrity chef Dean Edwards; Ranuph Fiennes; Warwick Davis: Eric Bristow and Star Trek actress Denise Crosby .

The 50-year-old said: “I have been meeting celebrities for the last 30 years by going to comic cons and events.
“I live near Derian House and so I asked bosses for a T-shirt to get people to sign to help raise funds. So far 12 celebrities have signed it.
“I have asked a few more - some say yes and some say no. Most people are okay if you ask politely.
“I hope to get two or three T-shirts signed. I plan to meet 10 more celebrities over the next month. Whether or not they sign the shirt is up to them.”

Mick, a Stagecoach bus driver, added he has met countless celebrities over the last 30 years, including Sir Roger Moore and Red Dwarf actors Chris Barrie and Danny John Jules.

He recalled: “I have only been star struck twice - once was in London when I met Burt Reynolds and the second time was when I met Katherine Jenkins at a CD signing in Manchester. "
“There is a lot of hanging around and queuing just to spend a few quick minutes with someone, but I enjoy it.”

Ranulph Fiennes

Ranulph Fiennes

Mick plans to donate the T-shirts back to Derian House to auction them off during the charity’s December fund-raiser event.

To keep up to date on Mick’s progress, check out Stars Sign For Derian House Children’s Hospice on Facebook.

Spencer Wilding

Spencer Wilding

Tony Robinson

Tony Robinson

Dean Edwards

Dean Edwards

Katy Ashworth

Katy Ashworth

Eric Bristow

Eric Bristow

Warwick Davis

Warwick Davis

Jimmy Tarbuck

Jimmy Tarbuck

Denise Crosby

Denise Crosby