Derian House opens children's cinema

Shameless and Captain America actor Ben Batt has officially opened the new £100,000 cinema within Derian House which will enable seriously ill children to attend movies.

The cinema features a 120-inch screen and offers hotdogs, candy floss and popcorn. It has been donated to the Chorley hospice by the charity Together for Cinema.

It is part of the hospice’s £1.2m “Fit for the Future” refurbishment to ensure the building is suitable for the ever-changing needs of the children and young people who use Derian House now and in the future.

Ian Morrish, founder of Together for Cinema, said: “This was a hugely ambitious project that has been achieved with the help and generosity of many within the audio visual industry. We hope that the children, their families and of course the staff enjoy the new facility for many years to come.”

Stephen Nevison, director of Intuitive Homes, donated his time and expertise to lead the installation of the new cinema. His six-year-old daughter Aria even raised £1,500 to buy little extras including beanbags, a popcorn machine, a light-up sign and film posters for the room by designing and selling compact mirrors.

He said: “I am so grateful to all of the manufacturers who have donated products and would like to give a special thanks to the ones who really went over and above what anyone could have expected and made my initial wish-list into a reality."

This was a hugely ambitious project that has been achieved with the help and generosity of many within the audio visual industry.

The debut screening was Greatest Showman, attended by friends Francesca, 15 and Amelie, 14, who both come to Derian House for respite care. 

Amelie’s dad Darren said: “Having a facility like this is going to make a family trip to the cinema something we can now do. Being in busy crowded places can cause Amelie to have a meltdown so going to the cinema isn’t something she would cope with. Knowing that this is in environment where Amelie is happy will be a big benefit for us.”

David Robinson, chief executive at Derian House Children’s Hospice, said: “We are absolutely blown away by the generosity of Together For Cinema and all the suppliers who have donated products to make Derian at the Movies a reality."

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