Armchair travellers raise money for charity

From left, Jacob Kennard, Gavin Moon, Ian Doyle and Sarah Talboys-Smith with Shanon Rees and Rodney Watson at the front
 at the Southsea Village in Palmerston Road Picture: Habibur Rahman

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WATCHING movies from armchairs has raised more than £2,500 for two charities.

Film enthusiasts John Haskell and Jean Cornish organised the events in aid of the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth’s alzheimers and oncology appeal and the Rainbow Centre.

They arranged three sell-out nights which saw more than 300 guests enjoying video presentations that transported them to Prague, Hong Kong, Seattle, San Diego and New Zealand.

They also played a film of Portsmouth memories.

The nights, held in October, were put on in the Lord Mayor’s banqueting room at the Portsmouth Guildhall.

Mr Haskell and Mrs Cornish have been organising the Armchair Traveller nights since 1990 and they say that this year was the biggest yet.

Mr Haskell makes the films himself. He said: ‘The films that are shown are all films that I have crafted. It’s nice to bring pleasure to so many people as well as raising money for two good causes.’

Money was raised through ticket sales and a raffle featuring prizes donated from local and national companies.

The Lord Mayor, Councillor Frank Jonas, said: ‘It was a magnificent amount to raise and has certainly given the Lady Mayoress and I a few holiday ideas for the future.

‘I can tell that a tremendous amount of effort was put into organising the event.’

The next Armchair Traveller events are due to be held in October 2013.