LONDON, 9th July 2017 – Today The Walt Disney Company held a very special gala screening of the new Disney·Pixar film, Cars 3, in honour of some of Disney’s most valued charity partners. Cars 3 filmmakers director Brian Fee (storyboard artist Cars, Cars 2) and producer Kevin Reher (A Bugs Life, La Luna) introduced the film to an audience filled with hundreds of excited families and employees of the charities, UK celebrities including TOWIE’s Lewis Bloor, TV Chef Aldo Zilli and JLS’ JB Gill, plus the young cast of Disney Channel’s latest smash success, The Lodge.

The event, held at Vue Westfield, Shepherd’s Bush was organised in honour of ten of Disney’s affiliated UK-based children’s charities, as they welcomed families and friends to enjoy a unique and memorable opportunity to see the film before it speeds into UK cinemas on 14th July, 2017.

Representatives from the following charities were in attendance: KIDS; KidsOut; Rays of Sunshine; MediCinema; National Autistic Society; Shepherds Bush Family Project; Variety; Active Communities Network; Action for Children.

Sara Hanson, Director of Charitable Programmes, The Walt Disney Company EMEA said:
“The gala is an incredibly uplifting beacon that represents the everyday collaborations Disney achieves with affiliate charities in the UK. We are very proud of the positive impact our storytelling, magical moments can offer children and families when they need it the most”

Louise Taylor, KIDS Short Breaks Coordinator (Ealing, Harrow and Hounslow)
“Thank you to Disney for a great day. Going to the cinema is a rare and special treat for many of the disabled children and young people we work with, and it’s brilliant for them to be able to access fun opportunities in their local community.”

The turbo-charged CARS 3 sees Owen Wilson return as the voice of legendary ‘Lightning McQueen’ with Armie Hammer joining the voice cast as new character, and McQueen’s new rival, ‘Jackson Storm’. McQueen is blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast racers and pushed out of the sport he loves. To get back in the game, he will need the help of an eager young race technician, ‘Cruz Ramirez’, with her own plan to win, plus inspiration from the late Fabulous Hudson Hornet and a few unexpected turns. Proving that #95 isn’t through yet will test the heart of a champion on Piston Cup Racing’s biggest stage. The film also stars F1 racing champion Lewis Hamilton who returns to the franchise following his role in Cars 2.