Burnham-On-Sea, Somerset

Published: June 21, 2008
Gala screening of Hollywood film benefits Burnham hovercraft charity

Burnham-On-Sea's Ritz Cinema hosted the gala screening of Disney's new blockbuster movie 'The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian' in aid of a Burnham charity on Friday evening (June 20th).

The movie is not due to be released across the UK until June 27th, but Burnham's Ritz Cinema managed to negotiate a special early screening just one night after its red carpet debut in London.

A capacity audience of over 110 people filled the cinema to watch the action-packed film and help raise £1,400 for BARB - the Burnham charity that operates two rescue hovercrafts and an inland rescue boat - plus Walt Disney's official UK charity, the Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital.

Among the special guests at Friday's screening were Alison Hogarth (Walt Disney UK), Cllr Dennis Davey (Chairman of Sedgemoor District Council), Cllr Duncan McGinty (Leader of Sedgemoor District Council) and Cllr Peter Clayton and Jo Burridge (Mayor and Mayoress of Burnham and Highbridge).

Afterwards, Ritz Cinema owners Patt and Beryl Scott held a buffet in the Ritz Social Club where they were officially thanked for organising the event by BARB's President, Neville Jones.

He said: "A big thank you goes to Patt and Beryl for arranging this special event and making such a wonderful donation to BARB."

BARB's Chairman Mark Newman presented Mr and Mrs Scott with a certificate of appreciation, adding: "We are very grateful to Disney UK and the team at the Ritz. All the funds raised for us will go directly towards meeting BARB's running costs, which include maintaining our equipment and training our volunteer crews."

A total of 25 per cent of the money raised at Friday's gala screening went to Walt Disney's UK charity, the Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital, while BARB received the remainder. BARB is a 15-year-old charity run entirely by volunteers and funded by donations from the public.


BARB Web site


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