For some Tŷ Hafan youngsters, even making a simple trip to the cinema is physically impossible.
The life-limiting conditions facing children and young people supported by the hospice can cause significant mobility problems which prevent them enjoying normal activities like going to see the latest film.
But now, thanks to a donation from RGB Communications, the cinema experience has come to them! The hospice is now the proud owner of a home cinema which boasts five wall speakers, a Blue-ray DVD player and a projector.
Jayne Saunders, Director of Care at Tŷ Hafan, said the cinema experience has been created as an extension of the sensory activities available at the hospice. “We are absolutely delighted with our new surround sound cinema. This will be the first cinema experience for some of the children, young people and families we support. Audio and visual stimulation is a key part of the care we provide and it’s wonderful that families can now enjoy this facility from the comfort of the hospice,” she said.
Preparations are already underway for cinema club nights, gaming sessions and ‘sing along’ evenings.
The installation has been completed as part of the Together for Short Lives campaign, organised by Ian Morrish, sales manager at ISE. Mr Morrish said: “This has been another wonderful result and one that simply would not have taken place without the assistance of RGB Communications, and of course, the continued generosity of several manufacturers.
“I have had remarkable feedback from the team at Tŷ Hafan about how the children and their families have been enjoying the new cinema room. The reaction from the staff as we unveiled their cinema has made all the hard work worthwhile.”
The room means children with a variety of complex palliative care needs, including those in wheelchairs or beds, will be able to enjoy the cinema experience regularly. It will also help those experiencing pain or discomfort immerse themselves in an experience that can help with distraction.
Gordon Innocent, Chairman of RGB Communications, said: “I really wanted to be involved in the project as I know what fantastic difference Tŷ Hafan makes. Our goal was to create a multi-purpose environment for the children to watch movies and play games as well as providing a facility for staff to use for training and presentations. We achieved what we set out to do and the end result looks and sounds fantastic. We really hope it will be enjoyed by everyone at the hospice.”
Thanks to the large range of products and all the time and hard work provided free of charge, the installation has saved Tŷ Hafan more than £10,000. These savings will help support children and young people with life-limiting conditions and their families across Wales.
For more information about Tŷ Hafan visit www.tyhafan.org/corporate-support/ or contact 029 2053 2199.