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Spells, spirits and special screenings at the Strand

31 Oct 2019

Families affected by childhood cancer in Northern Ireland were treated to a special VIP screening of one of their favourite Hallowe’en movies, thanks to the Children’s Cancer Unit Charity.

Days out to the cinema and other family activities that many often take for granted are not a common occurrence for children receiving treatment for cancer. This is due to accessibility, the risk of infection and fears around exposure to germs or other children with colds or flus, for example.

The exclusive event was made possible following a thorough deep-cleanse and santisation of the venue and was supported by a team from Dream Apartments, who helped host the families alongside the Children’s Cancer Unit Charity.

Tom Smyth, Managing Director at Dream Apartments, said:

“It has been a pleasure to be here today, to meet some of the families and kids and to help put on a really special day for them. I know we take these kinds of things for granted – a day out to watch a movie – but this shows how restricted and isolated families going through treatment for cancer could be, without these events. Dream Apartments were more than delighted to be a part of this.”

Speaking at the special screening, Jacqueline Wilkinson from the Children’s Cancer Unit Charity added:

“We are always thrilled to see so many families at our CCUC fun days. They give parents the chance to chat with other parents and the kids get to catch up with each other, outside of the hospital environment – which is so important in helping give families a sense of normality.  

“These children really deserve a special treat, so this is something that the Children’s Cancer Unit Charity is proud to be able to provide for them. We also want to thank Tom and the rest of the Dream Apartments team, for giving up their time and for supporting the event with us.”