Robin Williams charity walk in Portsmouth

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HE WAS one of the world’s best-loved actors and now fans of Robin Williams have walked the streets of Portsmouth dressed as his film characters.

They included characters from Mrs Doubtfire, the 1992 Disney movie Aladdin and Good Morning Vietnam.

Jillie Johnston, left, and Karl Martin dressed as ''Robin Williams characters during the charity walk in Southsea to raise money for the Samaritans. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (142814-800)

Jillie Johnston, left, and Karl Martin dressed as ''Robin Williams characters during the charity walk in Southsea to raise money for the Samaritans. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (142814-800)

And they were getting some strange looks from passers-by as they strolled along the promenade in Southsea on Saturday afternoon.

The walk was organised by Jillie Johnston and Karl Martin, who were saddened by the actor’s death and wanted to do something in his memory.

The 63-year-old suffered from depression and was found dead from apparent suicide at his home in California on August 11.

So, the pair decided to raise money for the Samaritans.

The charity provides support for people who are experiencing feelings of distress, despair or suicidal thoughts.

Karl, 26, from Havant, said: ‘It’s about remembering Robin Williams who sadly died a while back.

‘It’s to raise money for the Samaritans and to remember the late Robin Williams, all dressed up as his characters from films.’

Karl has dressed up as Mrs Doubtfire in the past, when he went to a Halloween party.

So he decided it would be a good time to get the outfit out again in aid of charity.

Jillie, 24, from Anchorage Park, added: ‘We grew up watching his films. Every year as a kid a new film with him came out.

‘Everyone knows his films.

‘I don’t know anyone who hasn’t seen anything he’s been in.

‘It’s quite a fitting tribute, I think, to go out as his favourite characters.’

Jillie added it was appropriate that they raised money for the Samaritans.

‘They do a good job, they help a lot of people and it’s always nice to have somebody there to talk to,’ she added.

‘Even if it helps just one person, at least we will have achieved something.’

The group walked from South Parade Pier down to Clarence Pier, shaking their Samaritans collection boxes as they went.

They raised more than £160 for the charity.

To make a donation, visit justgiving.com/RobinWilliamsWalk.

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