PATIENTS at Cookridge Hospital in Leeds will soon be able to view their favourite films at their own cinema thanks to Macmillan Cancer Relief, Leeds Teaching Hospitals and Leeds Co-op.
The cinema, which is part of the ?VIVA' (Voices, Information, Volunteers and Arts) Project, offers patients the chance to participate in an everyday life activity despite their hospital stay.
The day room on Rutherford Ward at Cookridge Hospital is turned into a cinema for each screening. Screenings are fortnightly on Wednesday afternoons.
Leeds Co-op has given £ 10,000 to support this project and has raised £ 90,000 during the three years it has supported Macmillan Cancer Relief. The money has funded the equipment, blackout screens and soft furnishings which create a comfortable and patient-friendly cinema atmosphere.
Amanda Harrison, General Manager, Personnel at Leeds Co-op said: `When we first heard about the cinema we wanted to be involved straight away. Its unique nature made the fundraising even easier and the fact that we all enjoy going to the cinema meant we could identify with the patients' need to lead as normal a life as possible.
`This project has given employees at Leeds Co-op a wonderful opportunity to make a real difference to people living with cancer in our region.`