AID Association for the Independence of Disabled People - CHARITY FILM SHOW AND LAUNCH OF FLYING WURLITZER ORGAN

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The Association for the Independence of the Disabled (AID) is holding its second Charity Film Show at the Royalty Cinema, Bowness-on-Windermere, commencing at 7.30pm on Wednesday 19th October 2016.

The evening’s entertainment will feature an Ealing Comedy film, “The Titfield Thunderbolt”, starring Stanley Holloway, George Relph, Naunton Wayne and John Gregson, amongst many other well-known faces from the past. 

During the interval, Sir Chris Bonington will launch the Flying Wurlitzer organ which, since its original installation in the cinema several years ago, has now been mounted on a scissor lift, generously donated and installed by Skyjack UK and Nationwide Platforms, so that the organ can emulate the many organs which rose from cinema stages in the 1920’s, most of these having been removed after the Second World War, so that the Flying Wurlitzer in the Royalty Cinema is one of the very few elevating Wurlitzers in cinemas throughout Europe.

The evening’s entertainment is being staged to raise funds for financing the trial of a drug identified by researchers at Lancaster University as being one that may prove beneficial to sufferers of motor neurone disease.

AID has been responsible for raising funds to meet the cost of a clinical trial for the drug “liraglutide” which was originally launched to benefit people with Type 2 diabetes.  Researchers at Lancaster University believe that this drug, already licensed for use within the UK, may have beneficial properties for people suffering from neuro-degenerative diseases.  As a result of the work at Lancaster, trials have already commenced on its suitability for Alzheimer’s disease sufferers and, thanks to fund raising by AID and cooperation from the Motor Neurone Disease Association, a pre-clinical trial has now been jointly funded by these two organisations which, if successful, will lead to a full clinical trial of the drug and AID is anxiously working on raising sufficient funding to meet the costs of the major clinical trial.

Tickets at £15.00 each are available from AID by telephoning 015394 48459 where most major credit/debit cards are accepted, or by cheque, made payable to AID,  Applethwaite Lodge, The Common, Windermere, LA23 1JQ.

There is good disabled access to the cinema and blue badge holders bringing a partner or carer will be entitled to two seats for the price of one.

It is anticipated that there will be a heavy demand for tickets, so interested parties are advised to purchase tickets well in advance of the evening.

For further information, please telephone AID on 015394 48459 or email

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