Diane joins Symonds House

PUBLISHED: 13:10 04 January 2006 | UPDATED: 09:24 06 May 2010

A MUCH warmer welcome than expected awaited Diane Landau when she went on an exploration visit. She recently joined the team at Symonds House, the Cheshire Home at Lavender Fields in Lucas Lane, Hitchin, as activities organiser and volunteer co-ordinator.

A MUCH warmer welcome than expected awaited Diane Landau when she went on an exploration visit.

She recently joined the team at Symonds House, the Cheshire Home at Lavender Fields in Lucas Lane, Hitchin, as activities organiser and volunteer co-ordinator.

One of her main objectives is to get residents out and about in the community.

As part of her job she approached the Broadway Cinema in Letchworth GC to arrange to do a risk assessment of its premises.

"My expectation was to be able to safely and comfortably take up to three people there at a time in wheelchairs to see films," said Diane.

But she left with an offer to take up to all of the 20 residents there at a time, off peak, to see private viewings of current films when they are in the ground floor screens, which have plenty of free floor space.

Each resident is able to take an escort with them free of charge.

And cinema manager Geoff Bartram also extended the cheap day rate to all of the residents, for any film they wish to see, on any day of the week, and at any time.

"We decided to take Geoff up on his word, and immediately arranged for 12 residents to go to see Harry Potter," said Diane. "Using two vehicles, we transported people, four at a time, and made three trips there and three back.

"The welcome that we received from the staff at the Broadway was fantastic. Everyone enjoyed seeing the film together, and have all said they would go back to the Broadway Cinema as our first choice in future.

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