14 December 2018
As a wise elf once said: “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is by singing loud for all to hear.” With that in mind the festive season was certainly in full swing in our auditorium yesterday as around 450 children sang along to our Christmas Cinema Club.
Seeing so many little ones cheering for Santa, singing along with the carols and laughing along at the famous giant burp moment was unbeatable!
Earlier in the year we held our first Summer Cinema Club. We invited families from the local area to come to UKFast to enjoy the full cinema experience for free. When you consider that a cinema ticket costs upwards of £10, for many families this experience is simply out of reach.
Launching our new auditorium with full theatre sound and a 100sq. ft. screen, it made sense for us to share that with the people around us. In the end, more than 1500 children came along to our Summer Cinema Club, across four different screenings. Every screening ‘sold out’ and the team and I knew it was something we needed to continue to offer. So it was the perfect time to bring a bit of Christmas cheer with a festive favourite.
Children and teachers visited from Holy Name Primary School, Dean Trust Ardwick, Heyes Lane Primary and St Mary’s Moss Side. I must say how remarkably well behaved these little ones were. They filed in, took their seats and were extremely polite. A real credit to the schools and their parents.
A helping hand
The screening was a reminder for me just how precious moments like these are. Children aren’t young for very long. It’s so important to make the magic of Christmas and the holidays something special.
For families struggling at this incredibly expensive time of year, Wood Street Mission is offering a helping hand. We’re supporting their Christmas Toy Campaign, dropping off more than 300 toys this afternoon and helping to sort and distribute the gifts. There are so many ways that we can all help families to celebrate Christmas in Manchester and throughout the UK. If you can lend a helping hand, donate toys to one of their drop off points today.