Monday, 16 May 2016

Predator strikes back for air ambulance

Photo: Predator pictured at the Silver Screen Cinema

Fans of Predator raised more than £1,700 for Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance at a rare screening of the cult Arnold Schwarzenegger blockbuster.

Hundreds of filmgoers flocked to the Silver Screen Cinema in Folkestone on Saturday (May 7th) to watch the 1980s epic about a band of mercenaries who head into the jungle on a rescue mission only to confront an additional evil force at work… something not human.

The much-loved film spawned many classic lines, the most famous of which is "Get to the chopper".

Many fans posed for photos, taken by Don Linkin, with a real-life Predator courtesy of "Predator Appearances" who kindly waived their appearance fee to help boost additional funds for the charity.

The fundraising event was held by The Folkestonian, a community-focused organisation that hosts charity screenings in and around the town.

Founder Tom Langlands produced 500 limited edition button badges to mark the occasion in return for a £1 donation to the air ambulance and a grand total of £1,715 was raised in ticket and badge sales.

He said: "This is my 13th charity screening and was a thoroughly enjoyable night for all involved. It wouldn't have been possible without the kind support of event supporters Copper & Spices, Big Boys Fine Burger Co., Blitz Tea Room & Bar, CEX Folkestone and obviously the Silver Screen cinema itself."

Two fans were awarded champagne for the biggest toy guns and biceps while another won a remote control car in a competition for online ticket bookers only.

Tickets for charity screenings of The Thing and Die Hard later in the year are available at  www.thefolkestonian.co.uk

* Text AIR to 70300 to make a one-off £3 donation to the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance (plus your standard network messaging rate).

 

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