On the hot summer’s day of July 28th, Phoenix employees took part in a group cycling event to raise money for its Access Cinema programme.
In conjunction with the end of the Tour de France, six of the cinema’s dedicated workers cycled the equivalent of the 85-mile last leg of the competition on exercise bikes in the Phoenix courtyard.
The Access Cinema programme, for which they were raising money, is a vital aspect of the Phoenix ethos. The programme, running at Phoenix now for over a year, provides regular films for people in an environment specially tailored to their needs. Facilities on offer include subtitled or audio-described screenings, as well as showings adapted for people with autism or learning disabilities.
Jack Squires, whom visitors may recognise from his work behind the café bar, volunteered to ride around 45 miles for the cause. He said, ‘I’m a keen cyclist and I think the Access Cinema Programme is a good cause. Six of us took part and it took about three hours.”
Phoenix is pleased that its fundraising scheme has been a success. Access Cinema benefits hundreds of visitors each year, making cinema accessible for everyone.
Phoenix is a registered charity.
Pictured: Mike Anderson, box office assistant (left), and Jack Squires, cafe bar assistant.
To find out more about the Access Cinema programme, please click here.
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