A CHARITY which provides cinema screening for sick kids in Glasgow has been given a cash boost.

Yorkhill MediCinema, which has a dedicated space on in the city's new 256-bed Royal Hospital for Sick Children, has been given funding to cover the costs of two cinema shows a week for a full month.

The cash has come from Aberdeen Asset Management who made a donation from their charitable foundation.

More than 3,000 young people and their families will benefit by attending free film screenings at the new Yorkhill MediCinema this year, and the service has been extended to welcome 4,000 adults a year.

It can accommodate patients in wheelchairs, beds, on drips and on monitors and is manned by trained volunteers and nurses.

During the planning consultations for the new Queen Elizabeth University Hospital campus, MediCinema was one of the most requested non-clinical resources for the new hospital.

Patients, families and health professionals say the cinema experience provides stimulation, social engagement and relaxation and the chance for patients to enjoy quality time with loved ones while remaining safe in hospital.

Kat Mason, chief executive of MediCinema said: “Aberdeen Asset Management has made a transformational difference for us by supporting our ongoing screenings at the new Yorkhill MediCinema.

“Their donation will fund two screenings per a week for a whole month, bringing the magic and escapism of film to patients and families in hospital, at a time when they need it the most.”

Karin Hyland of Aberdeen Asset Management’s Charitable Foundation said: “Yorkhill went through a big move this year and we are pleased to be able to support MediCinema which is providing an extended service at the new Southern General development, and delivering the benefits of the cinema experience to an even greater number of patients and families.”