On Monday 13th June, we were delighted to welcome Chris Evans to the CW+ MediCinema at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, where patients and their families were attending a pre-release screening of Disney and Pixar’s Lightyear. As the star of the film and voiceover of Buzz Lightyear himself, Chris Evans surprised patients with an exclusive visit at this special screening. Lightyear will also have special previews at various MediCinema sites across the country, making this a nationwide preview screening.
The actor joined in with fun activities and made sure to spend time with the young patients, signing posters and chatting to them and their families. Chris then introduced the very special screening of the film making the patients amongst the first in the UK to see it.
Milena, mum of patient Michael said: “To see the surprise and joy on Michael’s face when Chris walked through the door into the CW+ MediCinema screening is something I will never forget – and neither will he. Michael is a huge film fan and has been a regular at the CW+ MediCinema which has helped him so much when he’s been in hospital. For him to meet and speak to one of his heros has been out of this world!”
Colin Lawrence, MediCinema CEO said: “Our young patients have had such a wonderful day – to meet Chris Evans and see this special screening of Lightyear at the CW+ MediCinema lit up so many faces, and I’m sure they will treasure this experience. Life has been very hard for patients in hospital especially over the past few years, so to leave the wards for a few precious hours to have so much fun as well as meeting the voice behind Buzz will make a real difference to their stay.”
Chris Chaney, Chief Executive Officer at hospital charity CW+, said: “We were thrilled to welcome Chris Evans on this very special visit, which brought fun and excitement to our young patients and their families. Our CW+ MediCinema provides magic and escapism, comforting patients and loved ones who are going through a difficult time, and this visit was such a boost for them. We would like to say a heartfelt thank you to Chris and Disney, everyone had a fantastic time!”
The CW+ MediCinema is run by national charity MediCinema in partnership with CW+. MediCinema is a charity which improves the wellbeing and quality of life of NHS patients and their families through the power of the shared cinema experience and the magic of film. You can find out more about them here.