A little help from our friends raises funds for Noah’s Ark
23 DECEMBER 2019
Stars of the hit movie Yesterday have helped Noah’s Ark Children's Hospice to raise vital funds from a special charity screening
On Saturday 14 December we held a charity screening of The Beatles-themed film Yesterday at the Everyman Cinema in Muswell Hill. Following the movie, the packed cinema was treated to a Q&A with Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle, renowned writer Richard Curtis and stars of the film Himesh Patel and Sanjeev Bhaskar.
The audience was treated to insights from the making of the film as well as getting advice on directing, writing and acting. Later, fans were able to meet the stars to chat, get autographs and photos. One attendee said:
"It was such an amazing opportunity to meet all four of the stars and get their autographs - it's definitely not something that happens every day! They were all so lovely and chatty. Meeting them all is something I'll never forget and getting my DVD signed was the best Christmas present ever. Thank you Noah's Ark for making today happen."
We were delighted to also receive support from superstar Ed Sheeran who stars in Yesterday as himself but was unable to attend the screening. Instead, he sent a signed guitar for us to auction. The beautifully crafted Lowden guitar was sold on Tuesday for over £1,000 to the very lucky winner, Hsin-hui Hoh from London.
Hsin-hui is a big Ed Sheeran fan and was over the moon to win the guitar. We welcomed him to The Ark to thank him personally and present him with the guitar as well as giving him a tour of our brand new children's hospice building. Hsin-hui volunteers for Over The Wall, a charity that supports children and young people facing serious health challenges through transformational residential camps, so he was thrilled to support Noah's Ark whilst treating himself to a one-of-a-kind Christmas present.
We would like to thank everyone who came along to the Yesterday screening at the Everyman and especially to Danny, Richard, Himesh and Sanjeev for spending their Saturday afternoon with us; to Ed for supporting Noah's Ark and sending the guitar; and to Hsin-hui for his generosity with the auction.