Seaford Community Cinema screened “I, Daniel Blake” on 13th January – Ken Loach’s film about a widower who tries to navigate his way through the benefits system after a near fatal heart attack.
Those who came to see the film were so moved by its ultimately tragic storyline, that a collection at the end resulted in nearly £300 being raised for Seahaven Storehouse. A sum that the cinema topped up to £400 before presenting the cheque.
Seahaven Storehouse, based at Seaford Community Church in Vale Road, provides free food for those in need of it, in the area covering Seaford, Newhaven and Peacehaven. Manned by volunteers on Thursday mornings, the organisation collects donated food items and other necessities, from boxes at Morrisons and Co-op stores in Seaford, and distributes them to families and individuals.
Storehouse team leader, Tina Nixon, said lunches were also provided on Thursdays. In addition, there’s generally a volunteer from the Citizens Advice Bureau there at this time, to help with clients’ problems where needed. Tina added that several local businesses including Tesco and Burt’s Bakery were also very generous. Clients receive enough food for three days’ worth of meals.
Seaford Community Cinema chair, Paula Ross, said the film played to a full house at the Barn Theatre. “People were in tears as they came out,” she added.