The screening of Breathe was organised by the Lincolnshire Branch of The British Polio Fellowship, in conjunction with the local Lincoln and Woodhall Rotary Clubs.
Dating from 1922, the Kinema is the only functioning cinema left in the UK to use back projection and a Compton organ rises from the orchestra pit to play at the interval. The setting was therefore appropriate to screen the life of Robin Cavendish, who became a disability pioneer after Polio left him paralysed from the neck down. The film is produced by British Polio Fellowship Patron, Jonathan Cavendish.
“A film like Breathe has special significance for members of The British Polio Fellowship, so it was great to watch such an amazing period film at the Kinema,” said Mick Harper, Branch Chairman and Social Secretary of British Polio Fellowship Lincolnshire Branch.
“For everyone there it was an unforgettable experience and I would like to thank Terry and John of Rotary, for helping make it such a success.” The film follows Cavendish as he campaigns for disability rights and to raise awareness of Polio: a fight continued by The British Polio Fellowship, who work to raise awareness of the 120,000 people living with PPS in the UK today – and Rotary, which continues its One Last Push to eradicate Polio. Breathe gave the two organisations the opportunity to join forces locally, once more.
“The afternoon’s entertainment could not have been bettered,” said Terence O’Halloran, President Elect of Bailgate Rotary Club, Lincoln. “It was fabulous. A motivational, inspirational, epic film. When you leave the cinema “walking on air” you know you have seen a good film and Breathe is such a film. The Kinema staff were brilliant. They really looked after everyone and bent over backwards to make the event enjoyable for British Polio members and Rotarians alike. The Compton (and organist) were amazing and added to the feeling of it being a really special occasion.”
Lincoln man and National Chairman of The British Polio Fellowship, David Mitchell, sadly could not attend due to ill health but sent his best wishes to those attending. “A stay in hospital prevented me being there but I wish to thank both Mick and Terry for organising the wonderful screening and making it such a success. I attended the film premiere in London so I know people will have enjoyed a treat with this film. We are now looking to future further events where Rotary and The British Polio Fellowship can work together in tackling both Polio and PPS. I was delighted the organist could play the favourite tune of Robin and Diana, True Love from the musical High Society, which also featured prominently in the film soundtrack. Jonathan Cavendish was also delighted we were able to arrange this unique screening.”
Terry’s next venture is organising The Disability Games, (Northern and Southern), due to be held at Hymers College in Hull and Lincolnshire’s Stamford School, in April next year. Any British Polio members who are interested in competing in a range of events and games from swimming to boccia; to kurling and board games, should contact Terry O’Halloran at firstname.lastname@example.org