We're delighted to have received the following quotes from some very kind celebrities.
They all have a link to one of the venues that we have installed into and appreciate the difference that our efforts make to the children and young adults, as well as their families and anyone else associated with their day to day lives.
Thank you to all that have agreed to have their names associated with Together For Cinema.
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Rachel Shenton is an English actress who gained prominence through her role as Mitzeee Minniver in the Channel 4 soap opera Hollyoaks. She is also known for her roles in Waterloo Road, Switched at Birth, White Gold and All Creatures Great and Small.
In 2018, Shenton won an Academy Award for her short film The Silent Child.
"I’m very proud of the northeast and this region. And as I work in the film industry in front of camera I was of course delighted to be asked to help open the new cinema room at St Oswald’ Hospice. Bringing the cinema experience into an intimate setting will help make so many happy memories. St Oswald’s Hospice does that so well, helping make the happiest memories they can for the families that are here.
Together For Cinema is a great organisation and I am so impressed by the quality and impact of the end result. You can tell when talking to Ian and Gary that they have both made every effort to secure the best equipment, and deliver the best cinema experience that they could. The end result is pretty cool and will make such a difference to so many, for years and years to come. Well done everyone involved.”
Dave Johns. British Stand Up Comedian, BIFA Award Winning Actor and Writer. Star of films such as I, Daniel Blake, Fisherman’s Friends and Fisherman’s Friends: One and All.
"Gosh! I’m blown away!! What a room…, it really is incredible and delivers an amazing audio and visual experience for those lucky enough to enjoy it. This is so important for the children and their families and offers them a really great opportunity to put their challenges to one side for a moment and simply enjoy a good movie together. Special times together, what a gift…., every children’s hospice should have one…!
Hearing more about Together for Cinema was inspiring and I was delighted to hear that so many companies in the AV industry are involved as sponsors, product donors, installers etc… Keep up the amazing work and I will follow your progress with interest!”
Joanne Clifton was a World Champion professional dancer and starred on Strictly Come Dancing. She now stars on Strictly Take Two and hosts’ Choreography Corner’.
“Having been aware of Together For Cinema in the early days I am delighted to see the impact that has been made in making a difference to so many children’s lives at children’s hospice’s and other deserving venues. To give children, and those closest to them, the opportunity to lose themselves in a movie, and in their safe place, is a real gift and one that must continue to be given.
What Ian (Morrish) and the AV industry has achieved is nothing short of astounding and I wish you all well in furthering the difference that you all make to so many lives. I wish you all well in completing your journey to £1 million worth of good cause cinema room installations, and I will keep a close eye on your progress.”
Jeff Blackett, President of the Rugby Football Union, 2020-2022
“Having attended the Jigsaw Children’s Hospice cinema room opening in my home town of Carlisle I know first-hand the difference that Together For Cinema and the AV industry are making in our community.
To bring the cinema experience into the children’s safe and secure space is a great gift and one that will be appreciated by so many. Be it the children themselves, their parents, siblings, carers etc…, these rooms will create so many special moments, and of course lots of happy memories.
Keep on doing what you do Together For Cinema, and I’d be happy to help in any way I can in the future.”
Lee Brennan, singer, songwriter, dancer and actor. Lead vocalist of boy band 911.
“Myself and Rebecca are proud patrons of Derian House Children’s Hospice in Lancashire. In 2019 we were fortunate enough to witness first-hand the great work that Together for Cinema do when we were asked to help celebrate the opening of their incredible new cinema room. The space is so wonderfully designed with state-of-the-art equipment and it immediately put huge smiles on everyone’s faces. You could see instantly what a difference it was going to make to the hospice, and the joy it would bring to all the children and their families, and for many years to come. Thank you to Ian at Together For Cinema, to Stephen at Intuitive Homes and to all those that donated equipment for helping to make this happen – it really is a great addition to Derian House.”
Both Ben Batt and Rebecca Atkinson are English actors. They are a couple and have one son. Both appeared in Channel 4's comedy drama Shameless from 2004 to 2013, with Ben best known for his role as the villainous Joe Pritchard and Rebecca portraying Karen Maguire. They have both made many more appearances with Ben starring in shows like Scott & Bailey as DC Kevin Lumb, Alf Rutter in The Village and in Sirens as Craig Scruton, the fireman. Rebecca has had many varied parts in shows such as Holby City, Doctors, River City and Flatmates.
"It was a joy to meet Ian from Together For Cinema at Reuben's Retreat. What a fantastic organisation creating cinema rooms for children's charities around the country. The Movie/Games Room at the Retreat will be an amazing asset and will enable so many families to make memories as they cosy up to watch a classic or play together with the specially adapted equipment. It would have taken many, many months of fundraising to be able to purchase this top of the range equipment, and we're so grateful to the team who made it all possible."
Julie Hesmondhalgh is an award-winning actor, best known for playing Hayley in Corrie, as well as many roles in theatre, radio, film and TV, including Broadchurch, Happy Valley, Cucumber, Inside No 9, Dr Who and The Pact.
She is a proud patron of Reuben's Retreat.
‘The home cinema rooms at Sebastian’s Action Trust’s respite and outreach centres, The Bluebells and The Woodlands, are spectacular installations. Hugely popular with the families of seriously-ill children we support, these rooms enable them to enjoy quality time together in a safe environment and create special memories – whilst enjoying the latest blockbusters!
Very often the highlight of stays and visits by our families, the rooms were designed and installed by Together For Cinema. We are so grateful for everything they have done – and continue to do for the Trust, which has helped us ensure that lives, however, short, are lived to the full.
I wish Together For Cinema all the very best with their work bringing the joy of cinema to children, young people and their families’.
Mike Bushell, BBC Breakfast sports presenter. Became a Patron of Sebastian’s Action Trust in 2020.
“Being more than aware of the challenges of being disabled I am delighted to see the new cinema room facility installed at Rose Road. Bringing this in house to a secure and comfortable environment will make a huge difference to so many children and young adult’s lives. Together For Cinema is a fabulous enterprise so keep on doing what you do!!”
Geoffrey Trevor Marden Holt MBE, DL is an English sailor from Portsmouth, Hampshire. Paralysed in an accident at the age of eighteen, in 2007 he became the first quadriplegic yachtsman to sail solo around Great Britain.
“Having been involved with Rose Road for many years I know the difference this cinema room will make to so many people. What Together For Cinema is doing by bringing the AV industry together to give back to our community is hugely appreciated and I was delighted to be part of the official opening.”
Lord Montagu is owner of the Beaulieu Estate, home of the National Motor Museum.
“As a patron of ellenor I have seen for myself what incredible support the hospice gives to families going through an unimaginably difficult time.
When you have a child who is unwell, simple but lovely experiences such as going to the cinema can be overwhelming and stressful for families which means they often miss out. Together for Cinema gives life-limited children and young adults the chance to share something normal with their family, and not miss out just because they are unwell. They will be able to see current releases with loved ones and simply relax and spend time together in a safe space. It’s invaluable for then to be able to have this special time and will make a huge difference allowing them some escapism for a while.”
Charlotte Hawkins, Good Morning GMB Presenter and Patron of ellenor
“I am delighted to see the support that Together for Cinema has provided to Rose Road to create this excellent cinema facility for the children and families.
Top quality audio visual experiences such as mainstream cinema are often not available to these families and yet the sensory enrichment that this offers is so beneficial.
The Together for Cinema team has worked very closely with Rose Road to ensure that their new facility is accessible, easy to use and exciting.
We are all very grateful to the generosity of the AV industry in getting this fantastic cinema room up and running for Rose Road.”
Dame Esther Rantzen DBE is an English journalist and television presenter, who presented the BBC television series That's Life! for 21 years, from 1973 until 1994. She works with various charitable causes, and founded the charities ChildLine and The Silver Line.”
‘What an amazing transformation, the last time I visited White Lodge this was just a room and now it's a dedicated space that delivers a full-on cinematic experience. Many of the children won't have had the opportunity of going to a cinema before and now we have this inclusive and accessible facility at our disposal. The sensory aspect will be so beneficial to the children and adults with disabilities.
Thank you Together for Cinema, what an amazing gift.’
Gemma is an actor and Patron of White Lodge.
‘What a brilliant initiative by Ian to galvanise his industry to come together in this way. I am blown away by the new cinema room at White Lodge. It's just like a sophisticated, intimate cinema and it's visually and audibly superb. It will bring so much joy for the children and adults that use it.’
Diana Moran, BEM, is an English model, fitness expert and journalist. In the 1960s and 1970s, Moran was a print and catwalk model. She also appeared as a TV announcer and newsreader for HTV West.
‘The addition of the Together For Cinema cinema room at the White Lodge Centre in Chertsey has made such a positive difference. It’s hard to take the children and young adults to the cinema so to have it brought in house is amazing. Their reaction to the big screen and the quality of audio is a joy to see. Thank you Together For Cinema and thank you to all those from the AV industry that have helped make this happen – keep up the good work!‘
Chesney Hawkes is an English pop singer, songwriter, and occasional actor. Born in 1971, he now spends his time between his homes in Los Angeles and Chertsey in Surrey. He has been a long time supporter of the White Lodge Centre in Chertsey and visits whenever his busy schedule allows.