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NEW HOME CINEMA FOR CHILDREN AT TY HAFAN HOSPICE



Thanks to RGB Communications, Tŷ Hafan, the family hospice for young lives in Sully, has had the blessing of a custom built home cinema to provide entertainment to the children for many years to come. Completed in January 2013, it is the seventh cinema room that has been installed as part of this AV charity scheme.

The hospice, which is based near Cardiff, provides comfort, care and support to life-limited children, young people and is dedicated to improving the quality of life of their whole family.  Extending out of the hospice, the support reaches right into the heart of the family home, and is completely free of charge to the families in Wales who need it.

Frank Ady, Head of Business & Community Fundraising at Tŷ Hafan contacted Ian Morrish, Sales Manager at ISE, after reading about the work he has been doing in the Together for Short Lives newsletter. Having previously expressed his interest in managing an install, Gordon Innocent of RGB Communications took charge of this project and visited the site with Ian.

During the site visit, it was decided to go for front projection onto a large white wall. With the room having several Velux windows that could cause problems to the install, Frank Ady arranged to have blackout blinds hung on all windows. With the cinema being installed in a large room, there was scope to use a high powered projector and substantial speaker system. Taking into consideration that the room was a multi-purpose area and would have high usage, RGB needed to ensure that the equipment was adaptable and able to be used for films, gaming, conferences, training and computer presentations. 

This project required a projector and mount, an equipment rack, cabling, trunking and wall plates. Because of the growing awareness of the work of that Ian Morrish is doing, it was reasonably straightforward to generate the products required. RGB Communications was able to source a wide range of systems from the manufacturers they work with, all donated free of any charge and perfect for this particular install.

“The new home cinema installation has already had a massive impact on youngsters at the hospice” says Frank Ady, Head.  “We have received comments from some of the children that it feels like you’re actually in the filmsThe new system has also been put to the test with video games. We are so grateful to all those involved.”

The install was completed in just three days, with the opening taking place on 17th January 2013. Members of RGB Communications, Together for Short Lives and Tŷ Hafan all gathered for the unveiling of the new cinema. The approximate total cost of the install, including consultation, installation, products and any other associated costs would have been in the region of £10,000.

Gordon Innocent, Chairman of RGB Communications added, “Getting involved in this project has been a wonderful experience, the generosity of our suppliers and the reaction from the children has been something really rather special. This project has been very interesting and valuable, and the end result looks and sounds great.” 

KIT LIST:

·         Projector: NEC - PA500U (donated by NEC UK via RGB)

·         Projector Mount: Premier Mounts RSJ projector mount and swing arm 50 inch flat screen mount (donated directly by Premier Mounts UK)

·         AV Receiver: Arcam AVR400 (donated directly by Arcam)

·         Blu-Ray Player: Sony BDP-S490 (donated directly by Sony UK TEC in Cardiff)

·         Speakers: Surround sound speakers and sub-woofer (donated by RBH Sound via RGB)

·         Racking: Middle Atlantic C5 mobile equipment rack and accessories (donated by Middle Atlantic via RGB)

·         Cables: HDMI fibre optic cable, HDMI cables, VGA cables, VGA distribution amplifier and wall plates (donated by Kramer UK via RGB)

·         Accessories: Trunking, Back Boxes, IR repeater, cables, connectors (donated by RGB)

 To become involved in the scheme, please contact Ian Morrish at imorrish@iseurope.org, or 01372 454366.