MORE children and families will be able to enjoy the big screen experience thanks to new sponsorship of the Derian House Cinema Room from local energy provider, ESG.
The cinema featuring a 120-inch screen also offers hotdogs, candy floss and popcorn to provide families with a real, authentic cinema experience.
David Robinson, CEO of Derian House said: “The cinema room provides families with an authentic and exciting cinema experience, one which they may miss out on otherwise. Accessibility issues, care needs and the needs of siblings make a visit to a regular cinema seem impossible. Our families can enjoy the magic of the movies whilst spending precious time together making memories, relaxed in the knowledge that clinical staff are on hand if their child requires care.
“At Derian House, our aim is to make sure the life of every child matters, and to ensure that our families are able to make the very most of every moment they have together. With services costing £5 million to run every year – and just 12 per cent of that coming from government funding – it is only down to generosity such as ESG’s that we are able to continue.”
ESG are an energy solutions provider in Chorley that have continually supported Derian House with their incredible work over the years.
“When the opportunity came to sponsor the running of the Cinema Room, being a technology company, we jumped at the chance. It means more children can come and enjoy those special family moments,” ESG CEO, Matthew Hirst said.
“I was blown away when I first came to visit and see the room for myself. It’s something we are very proud to support, especially with our offices just down the road from Derian House and many staff, including myself, living locally.”
As one of the children cared for by Derian House Children’s Hospice, four-year-old Riziah is able to enjoy the commercial-quality cinema built into the hospice grounds. For Riziah, a trip to somewhere such as the cinema would be out of the question as it would likely result in picking up a bug and because of her weak immune system, a hospital stay.
Naomi, Riziah’s mum, said: “Back in January Riziah battled sepsis and following on from our stay in hospital we had a period of isolation at home. The cinema was the first place Riziah visited. Knowing that she could enjoy herself whilst in a clean environment when her little immune system was so low gave me so much confidence to venture out of the house. Riziah just loves the fact that she can dance away to the songs, sit on the biggest beanbags and eat popcorn from the biggest tub you can find.”
The cinema is just one of the facilities offered to more than 400 babies, children and young people, as well as their families, to help them create happy memories whilst receiving outstanding care and giving parents a much-deserved rest.
You can enjoy a virtual visit to Derian at the Movies, and also take a look around the rest of Derian House Children’s Hospice by visiting the brand new virtual tour available here: https://www.derianhouse.co.uk/derian-tour/