Rosie has been in and out of hospitals for the past two years. We spoke with her Mum Natasha about their MediCinema experience and what it meant to them both. ⠀
"I can honestly say that the last two years have been the most terrifying time for us as a family. It’s been a huge upheaval for all of us. Rosie’s latest stay in hospital was to come up to Evelina London to undergo major surgery and afterwards, as each day passed, Rosie became a little stronger and more confident to stand and take her first tentative steps. It was during this week that we learnt about the MediCinema. A lovely member of the MediCinema team came to the ward and put a huge smile on Rosie’s face by inviting us both to a screening of The Lion King, the night before we were due to go home. It was the first time I had heard about MediCinema and I don’t really know what I was expecting, but… it was more. We arrived, and it was an actual cinema! There were arts and crafts, face painting and balloon-making before the film began as well. Rosie loved everything about it and when she came back to the ward, a play specialist helped her make a special Lion King crown, so the experience just kept going. ⠀
Having the MediCinema made our whole hospital experience better. It was great to break up the routine, but the most important benefit for me was seeing Rosie so happy. She can be quite anxious in hospitals sometimes, but after that film screening, she was on cloud nine. She was buzzing.⠀
Even though these times have been scary for us all, another thing I’ve really valued about the experience is that it granted me some ‘Me and Rosie’ time. When we were in the MediCinema, we were surrounded by other patients and families, but we didn’t feel like there were any eyes on us; we were all in the same boat. Rosie and I could just sit back and enjoy the film and have a laugh together. She would look up at me whenever there was a funny part and we would both giggle. ⠀
Why should people donate to this charity? Because of how it made us both feel: happy. After that screening, we had such a warm, happy feeling and just talked about it together all evening. We’ll never forget it."