Weʼre raising £25,000 to provide step free access to the Lucem House Community Cinema in memory of Len Saunders
- St Helens, United Kingdom
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My uncle, Len Saunders, was a beautiful soul who dedicated his life to charity and volunteering work. He was a talented actor, poet and musician who never stopped helping people, even in his final moments.
Unfortunately, whilst my uncle was walking down a street, he was approached by two young males, one of whom punched him and he fell to the ground! Sadly my uncle passed away on 30 July.
Born in St Helens, he was deeply rooted within the community in various projects. One project that Len was heavily involved in was volunteering at Lucem House Community Cinema. Apart from enriching the film nights with his theatrical, poetic and musical performances, he has helped to build the super large screen, install seating, refurbish the kitchen and assisted front of house.
Lucem House Community Cinema Plus+ is a volunteer run cinema catering for independent and world cinema and supporting special interest film clubs to programme their own genres. After a successful pilot season in a local bar, the current premises, a former church building was offered by the YMCA . The challenge now is to provide access into, inside and around the building for wheelchair users. A combination of ramps and lifts will be necessary to meet the need.
My uncle was passionate about Lucem House, and rather than focusing on the circumstances of his death, I would like to continue his legacy and celebrate his life. Therefore we ask, rather than sending us flowers etc, we seek the positives, take a leaf out of out of his book, and attempt to raise the funds to provide step free access to the cinema. Not only would this have made my uncle very happy but it would also mean that his death was not in vain.
Any donation is one step closer to making a difference to so many lives. Len is sorely missed by all whose lives he touched. A true loss to the community and my family, but please let his legacy continue and donate in his memory.
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- 9 months ago
Heba Soliman9 months ago
Thank you all! To date we have raised around £5,000 via crowdfunding and direct donations. Friends are continuing their fundraising efforts & we are approaching charitable foundations for grants. We realise it is a big task that we have taken on and there are various stages of work to be completed, briefly they are: 1) a ramp to the forecourt 2) a turning platform and access up a second set of steps 3) ramped access from the west side of the building 4) Accessible toilets We now have enough funds to undertake phase 3 of the work :)
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Nov 12, 2017
Very saddened to hear of the tragic death of your uncle,we played cricket together for many seasons at Winwick. In early 90's we went to Romania to build a playground at an orphanageWe'll miss him
Sep 30, 2017
This donation is given by all the members of The Art Group St. Helens.In memory of the wonderful Len Saunders.He will be be very very sadly missed by us all, but his memory and legacy will live on.
Sep 23, 2017
Sep 23, 2017
Good luck for tomorrow Dex
Sep 23, 2017
Good luck Deeqa! Xx
Sep 22, 2017
Sep 19, 2017
I just read about Lucem House having been a Unitarian church at one time. Please accept my donation in hope of our creating together a better world, freed from senseless violence.