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"A couple of hours away from the ward makes such a huge difference. It really makes a child's life better and as a parent – and a carer – it's so lovely to see your child smile because you don't tend to see your children smile when they're in hospital."
Molly was born with Rett syndrome, a rare genetic brain disorder. Due to her condition she suffers with Scoliosis, is prone to respiratory issues and has been in and out of hospital her whole life. Recovery for Molly can be very slow, and she spends a lot of time at the Evelina Children's Hospital at St Thomas'. This is difficult for her, as her mum, Amanda, explains:
"Whenever we're in hospital Molly misses her bedroom, her bed, her toys, the familiarity of home and being able to see all of her favourite people. Her face lights up whenever we come home. In hospital there isn't that variety. Time goes so slowly and for a child it can feel like a lifetime."
Thanks to our supporters, we have a MediCinema in St Thomas' Hospital. Amanda explains the difference MediCinema makes to her and her daughter:
"There's a lot going on when you're on the ward. MediCinema gave us both somewhere to relax and get away. It takes your mind off everything, and that's not just the patient, but the family too. It reminds you that there is another world out there, a sense of normality. You can step out of your situation, even if it's for a couple of hours, and be taken off to another place. It gives you some perspective of your situation too and it reminded Molly that there's something else, something positive, to do in the hospital. And as she's in and out of hospital so often, it gives us something to look forward to – in fact the next time we're due to come in I can say to Molly ‘We might get to watch a film!'"
But the next time Molly's in hospital, she might not be able to watch a film. We might not be able to show any.
St Thomas' is our oldest MediCinema – we're celebrating its 20th anniversary this December – and we've had the same series one projector since we went digital in 2013. Our projector is so old that we can no longer run updates for it, and if anything went wrong with it, it would be almost impossible to fix it. We wouldn't be able to turn the light back on.
A new projector will cost over £31,000. It will have a lifespan of at least five years, during which time we will run over 800 screenings for patients and families like Molly and Amanda. That means a donation of £38.75 will fund an entire screening and project a shining light for up to 89 people like Molly.
Thanks to the support of people like you, we have now raised our match-funding target of £5,000 and our corporate partners will donate towards our appeal. But it will cost over £31,000 to buy a new projector so we still need your help. Please give £38.75, today, and together we can raise enough funds to buy a new projector. Together, we can make sure that MediCinema will always be there to project a shining light for Molly.
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