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MediCinema 'Buzz'

16 June 2022 medicinema 1

Your generous donations helped to create the ultimate 'buzz' for young patients this week at a special screening of Disney's Lightyear before its general release.

For 13 years, we've been creating magical movie memories for our young patients by funding MediCinema's Paediatric screenings at the children's hospital in Glasgow.  

This week, patients and families enjoyed a special screening of Disney and Pixar’s new Lightyear movie, at the hospital’s MediCinema.
Supported by Glasgow Hospital Children’s Charity, MediCinema and Disney, staff at the children's hospital were able to give patients and their families the full red carpet treatment, with special goodie bags to celebrate the cinema opening fully for groups of patients again for the first time since March 2020.
Getting the star treatment was Kaelah, along with Mum Lauren. This brave little girl has been in hospital for over 500 days so far and has been supported by countless charity-funded projects that your donations have helped to make possible.
After facing a difficult journey, Lauren was delighted to spend quality time with Kaelah in the hospital's MediCinema for the first time.

“Kaelah was mesmerised by it all and I couldn't believe how well she sat throughout the film. She had a wee mid-film nap and woke up again clapping her hands, all excited. It was lovely to do something 'normal' together - we're really grateful."

lauren, kaelah's mum

Kaelah enjoys the MediCinema, proudly funded thanks to Glasgow Children's Hospital Charity

Lauren said: "Kaelah spent the first 10 days of her life on ECMO and had life-saving surgery at two days old to move her organs out of her chest cavity and repair her diaphragm.

"Although we've endured some of the most heartbreaking and devastating days of our lives within the hospital, we've also been able to make some precious family memories. Memories just like this in MediCinema, watching my wee girl laughing and smiling."

Kaelah smiling and eating her food on the ward
Kirsten Watson, CEO, Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity said: “It was such a thrill to host the premiere of Lightyear at the MediCinema here in Glasgow, as we recognise 13 years of supporting this incredibly important service.

"It was all the more special as this was the first time in two years that we’ve been able to open the MediCinema to its full capacity, which means that as many children as possible can enjoy the experience."

"It really does make the children feel like VIPs to see a movie before their friends, even though they’re in hospital.

"We’d like to thank all of our generous donors and partners for contributing to the MediCinema so generously, and for the impact this has had on so many patients over the years.”

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s Director for Women and Children Services, Jamie Redfern said: “We are thrilled to see the MediCinema fully opened again for our young patients and their families. Everyone had a brilliant evening and I would like to thank all of our staff, Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity, and MediCinema for making this possible.