Together for Cinema, the AV charity scheme which has already installed nine home cinemas into children’s hospices across the UK, is now in full swing for 2014, having completed an install at Chestnut Tree House in West Sussex. Children and young adults at the hospice are now enjoying films on a regular basis, thanks to the support and generosity from the residential CI industry.
Chestnut Tree House is the only children's hospice in Sussex and cares for over 280 children and young adults with progressive life-limiting conditions. Chestnut Tree House offers support for the whole family, including psychological and bereavement support, end of life and short break care and sibling support.
Sarah Arnold, Corporate Fundraising Manager at Chestnut Tree House contacted Ian Morrish, Sales Manager at ISE, after reading about the work he has been doing in the Together for Short Lives newsletter. She was interested to find out more and whether a cinema install could be achieved at Chestnut Tree House as it would provide a great experience for the children.
“The new cinema installation will make a huge difference to the children and families who use Chestnut Tree House” commented Sarah Arnold. “We have been using our computer room to show films but space and availability to use the room for this purpose has always been limited. For families caring for a sick child, a trip to the cinema is extremely difficult to organise which means that the whole family tend to miss out on an experience many of us take for granted. The new installation will mean that many more children and families can enjoy the simple pleasure of watching a film together without having to worry about things like transport and access for their poorly child, whilst still having the full medical support of the care team close at hand.”
Iain Brown of Kensington Home Technology had read about the scheme in the CEDIA newsletter and contacted Ian, expressing his interest in managing an install. Within weeks of Ian Morrish and Iain Brown visiting Chestnut Tree House, a preferred product list was established and contact was made with a number of manufacturers and distributors to see if they would be interested in getting involved. Companies such as Bowers & Wilkins, Crestron, Digi-box, Integra, Invision, Kaleidescape, RGB Communications, Sapphire Screens and Redline Distribution generously donated a range of high end products.
The installation started soon after the initial visit. Access to the room was limited and meant running all the cables, installing the hardware, commissioning the system and testing everything in just two days. “We were worried about the time frame for this project, but due to the can-do attitude from the team, we were able to complete the install in time” said Iain Brown. “As with most installs, there were a number of challengers. The biggest challenge was installing the speakers in the ceiling and running the cables. With some clever fishing and a great deal or perseverance, all seven speakers were installed. The whole experience has been very positive, both for me personally, but for the company as a whole. We can’t wait to start the next one.”
Chestnut Tree House opened its doors for its first film premiere in January 2014, where children and families enjoyed a private screening of Despicable Me 1 and 2. Ian has received some great positive feedback from everyone at Chestnut Tree House.
All products and services were sourced, supplied and installed free of charge. The approximate total cost of the install, including consultation, installation, products and other associated costs would normally have been in the region of £21,000 for an end user price.
KIT LIST THAT WAS DONATED:
Bowers & Wilkins: 7 x CCM80 speakers.
Crestron: MTX3 Controller and a MC3 processor.
Gefen (donated by Digi-Box): EXT-HDMISB-75, super booster 75ft cable.
Integra: 20.4 receiver.
JVC (donated by Invision): X7 projector.
Kaleidescape: Cinema 1 media server.
Middle Atlantic (donated by RGB Communications): C5 series 2 bay Credenza Rack.
Sapphire Screens (split donation with Dataflow IT): Sapphire Electric R/C projector 3m screen
Velodyne (donated by Redline Distribution): SC600 sub-woofer.
All cables, mounts and other accessories were donated by Kensington Home Technology who has also committed to be available for any servicing and technical queries post install.
PEOPLE INVOLVED IN MAKING IT HAPPEN:
Ian Morrish, Sales Manager, Integrated Systems Europe
Iain Brown, Kensington Home Technology, with team assistance from: Jason Vaughan, Dan Bray, Paul Anastasiou, Paul Grant, Aaron Gardien, Jorge Cuartero