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Radio 1 DJ hits the decks in aid of Hampshire youth charity

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IT’S not often that Rob da Bank finds himself playing at a casino but last night the Portsmouth-born DJ was doing just that to help raise money for a local charity.

The Radio One DJ, who now lives on the Isle of Wight, was at Grosvenor Casino in Osborne Road, Southsea to support Off The Record.

The charity provides a counselling service to young people.

He said: ‘I’ve come to DJ in a casino on a fun night out in Portsmouth because my mum’s best friend runs Off The Record, which is a great charity counselling young people.

‘It’s something I’m really passionate about and I wanted to do everything I could to help out.’

The dad of three said he spends a lot of time supporting charities in the local area.

‘Since I moved to the Isle of Wight, about half of my working week is spent with charities,’ he said.

‘I work with schools to help kids get out and discover music.

‘This is a very random event DJing at a casino.

‘It’s really weird, I’ve never DJed at a casino before. It’s been a fun night.’

Off The Record, which has offices in Fratton and Leigh Park has faced closure in recent times after funding was cut by Portsmouth City Council.

Jill Oliver is a counsellor at Off The Record and organised the event to raise money for the charity.

She said: ‘We are fundraising because we are getting very short of money. The service was in danger of closing.

‘It’s incredibly important. It has been going for 35 years. We have around 100 volunteers who are counsellors and support workers.’

Last year, the charity supported 8,000 people.

Jill added: ‘I have never done anything like this before.

‘I’ve been looking for places to leave a charity box and I was told they did fundraising events here.

‘I know Rob through his mum. He said he would come and do this.

‘It’s important to have a famous DJ support our cause.

‘It’s unusual and it’s a fun event to raise money.’

Around 150 tickets were sold for the event. There was a raffle, a buffet and a disco. To find out more about the charity please visit off-the-record.org.uk.

 

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