Chestnut Tree House is the latest children’s hospice to have a home cinema worth £21,000 installed by charity Together for Cinema.
The charity scheme has already installed nine home cinemas into children’s hospices across the UK and children and young adults at the hospice in Arundel are now enjoying films on a regular basis.
All products and services were sourced, supplied and installed for free. If bought the approximate cost, including consultation, installation, products and other associated costs would have been £21,000.
Sarah Arnold, corporate fundraising manager at Chestnut Tree House said: “The new cinema installation will make a huge difference to the children and families who use Chestnut Tree House.
“We have been using our computer room to show films but space and availability to use the room for this purpose has always been limited. For families caring for a sick child, a trip to the cinema is extremely difficult to organise which means that the whole family tend to miss out on an experience many of us take for granted.
“The new installation will mean that many more children and families can enjoy the simple pleasure of watching a film together without having to worry about things like transport and access for their poorly child, whilst still having the full medical support of the care team close at hand.”
Chestnut Tree House is the only children’s hospice in Sussex and cares for more than 280 children and young adults with progressive life-limiting conditions. It offers support for the whole family, including psychological and bereavement support, end of life and short break care and sibling support.
For more information about their work go to www.chestnut-tree-house.org.uk