Freeman Hospital in Newcastle wins state-of-the-art cinema

The Children’s Heart Unit at the Freeman Hospital, in Newcastle has been awarded a state-of-the-art cinema installation, complete with all the latest technology thanks to a national campaign run by Finite Solutions.

The ‘Cine-makeover’ campaign called on patients, relatives, hospital staff and members of the public across the UK to nominate their local children’s hospital or ward to receive a full cinema room installation. Nominees were asked to submit a short description of what the new facility could be used for first, from hosting a Disney film marathon to a pyjama party with popcorn and treats.

Audiovisual room

Kim Carberry, author of blog ‘Northumberland Mam’, nominated the winning Freeman Hospital in Newcastle, with her entry: “When both of my girls had open heart surgery there we spent time in the play room. I think the first use of the new cinema installation should be to host a Frozen party with a big sing-along. There would have to of course be ice cream served and everyone would have to dress up!”

The Children’s Heart Unit will now receive a cinema room worth more than £15,000, with a full suite of top-of-the-range equipment including a HD projector and 100 inch screen, state-of-the-art surround sound, Blu-Ray player and games console, as well as a series of children’s movies.

Ten finalists were shortlisted after receiving the greatest number of public votes and can be viewed at http://www.finitesolutions.co.uk/cine-makeover/. These were then adjudicated by a panel of expert judges, including Mark Craven, editor of leading consumer magazine, Home Cinema Choice, Margaret Jeal, acting chair at the Action for Sick Children’s Charity, and Heart Radio Yorkshire presenter, Rich Williams, to select the winning Freeman Hospital.

Presenter Rich Williams from Heart Radio in Yorkshire stated: “It is so evident from this entry that the hospital does fantastic work for families, it will be great to reward them with such a fantastic prize. Although I hope they’ll save me at least one scoop of ice cream!”

Margaret Jeal, former nurse and acting chair for Action for Sick Children charity commented: “Freeman Hospital will really benefit from a new state-of-the-art cinema installation, proving essential to bringing fun to children at a difficult time. I love the idea of a Frozen party. It would be a great occasion with the children dressed up, joining in with the music and songs and wonderful ice creams to eat.”

Mark Craven, Editor of Home Cinema Choice magazine added: “Everyone loves Frozen, and an ice cream-laden sing-along will be the perfect opening night for the new cinema system.”

Ward Sister, Lesley Hamilton, said of the win for Freeman Hospital: We are absolutely delighted to be receiving the cine-makeover and couldn’t be happier to receive such a fantastic prize. We have a hard-working community of medical and care professionals at Freeman Hospital, and we are dedicated to ensuring our patients’ stays on our wards are as enjoyable and relaxed for all as possible. The prize will greatly assist us with bringing joy and relaxation for our child patients and visitors to our wards.”

Simon Mathieson, Finite Solutions’ Consultancy Director said: “We’d like to say a massive congratulations to Freeman Hospital and thank everyone who nominated their local ward. We received some fantastic entries from across the UK and our judging panel had a difficult job deciding an overall winner. We’re really looking forward to installing the cinema room for everyone on the children’s wards to enjoy for many years to come.”

The full prize and gallery of entries from across the UK can be viewed here: http://www.finitesolutions.co.uk/cine-makeover/

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