Lifelites staff were treated to a red carpet experience last weekend when they were invited to the Richard House children’s hospice annual Oscars award ceremony.
The event was a chance to show off the films that the members of the hospice’s Living Films club had made using equipment donated by Lifelites. The event celebrates the children’s incredible efforts and rewards them for their hard work and creativity.
Lifelites has helped to make the film club possible by donating video cameras, tripods, a projector, a laptop and a large canvas screen. The club is a chance for children at the hospice, who may be limited by their conditions, to produce and act in their own movies and learn other skills like animation and script writing. Brothers and sisters of children at the hospice are also members, so it is a fantastic opportunity for them to play with their siblings.
The club is the brain child of hospice worker Bernie Wighton, he told us: “Children who come here have complex needs; this can be very isolating. The club gives them a chance to have regular conversations with other people in the same boat and gives them a real sense of freedom, as well as helping to build their self esteem”. The parents are always thrilled to see their children on the big screen – it’s a real celebration of life and that is what Living Films is all about.”
One of the children at the event said: "The equipment helps us make memories for our parents to keep. It also helps us work together and be creative."
Emma Delin, Fundraising Executive for Lifelites, attended the event: “It’s fantastic that the children have the opportunity to create these amazing films using the equipment we have donated. The awards were thoroughly well deserved and I can’t wait to see what they produce next year.”
Lifelites is able to give this equipment to the children at the hospice free of charge due to the generosity of donors. If you would like to fundraise for or donate to Lifelites, take a look at our website or give us a call on 0207 440 4200.