Min­ions give chil­dren red car­pet treat­ment

Pupils go to Le­ices­ter Square for spe­cial view­ing

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Salina Pa­tel salina.pa­tel@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

CHIL­DREN were smil­ing from ear to ear as they met Min­ions Stu­art, Kevin and Bob ahead of an ex­clu­sive screen­ing of the movie.

Ex­cited dis­abled and sick chil­dren from two Hilling­don schools were among 1,000 pupils and their car­ers who went to the Odeon Le­ices­ter Square, famed for its red car­pet pre­mieres, to watch Min­ions on Tues­day Fe­bru­ary 9.

The screen­ing was or­gan­ised as part of cel­e­brat­ing 50 years of chil­dren’s char­ity Va­ri­ety’s Great Days Out pro­gramme, with many of the chil­dren never hav­ing been to a cinema be­fore.

Around 850 pupils at­tended from 24 schools across Lon­don, Mid­dle­sex, Sur­rey and Bucks, in­clud­ing west Lon­don’s Meadow High School, in Hilling­don, and Young Peo­ple’s Academy, in West Dray­ton.

Miguel Lois, form tu­tor of Year 7 from Meadow High School, said: “I wit­nessed how well chil­dren en­gaged with the movie and the events that pre­ceded, with the main char­ac­ters on the stage!

“The kids were hugely thrilled by the Min­ions and ev­ery­thing went as smooth as ex­pected. They

The kids

were hugely thrilled by the


laughed and un­usual and morn­ing.

“A huge thank you to Va­ri­ety for let­ting us be present.”

Pamela Sin­clair from Va­ri­ety said: “We’re ab­so­lutely thrilled to host so many chil­dren at the one time, to cel­e­brate our 50th an­niver­sary of Va­ri­ety Great Days Out.

“Many of th­ese chil­dren will never have been to the cinema so this is a very im­por­tant part of our com­mit­ment to help­ing chil­dren make the most of their child­hoods.”

Since 1966, the char­ity has taken more than two mil­lion sick, dis­abled and dis­ad­van­taged chil­dren and young peo­ple on days out across the coun­try, to cre­ate mem­o­rable child­hood ex­pe­ri­ences. spent an en­joy­able

n GREAT DAY OUT: Min­ions with Va­ri­ety helpers at the Odeon Le­ices­ter Square read to greet all their young guests

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