The red carpet was rolled out at local children’s hospice Richard House at the weekend as it celebrated its annual Oscars awards.
The day care area of the Beckton-based hospice was transformed into a glitzy Hollywood style awards venue for the special day for children and young adults.
The hospice puts on the Oscars ceremony each year to celebrate the hard work of young members of its Living Films Project. Members of the club include children and young adults who use the hospice as well as their brothers and sisters. Through the club, they learn to produce their own movies, picking up skills like model making, animation and script writing. They also explore their creativity, build self esteem, and develop a voice to tell their own stories to the world around them.
More than 60 people packed into the screening area to enjoy the films which were shown on the big screen, before the awards presentation. Categories included best editor, best director and best script writer.
The cameras, editing suite and other equipment used by members of the Living Films Project are provided by the charity Lifelites, which provides technology to children’s hospices around the country.
As well as family members, staff and volunteers, Richard House Founder and Life President Anthea Hare was also in attendance.
Bernie Wighton, who runs the Living Film club at Richard House and presented the Oscars, said: “It is a real joy being able to help the children and young adults learn and use the skills involved with making films. To see the results of their efforts on the big screen was a magical feeling and the awards are a fitting reward. I would like to thank the children, families and guests who attended and made it such a special day for all.”