SCREENINGS of a film-maker’s trek around the world have raised nearly £3,000 for charity.
John Haskell, from Portsmouth, organised three Armchair Traveller evenings at the city’s Guildhall.
Footage Mr Haskell shot of the Rocky Mountains, the trains and canyons of Colorado, Italy’s Sorrento, Amalfi Coast and Christmas in Europe where all featured in the screenings.
Mr Haskell, who makes films about his travels every year, said: ‘Producing the films is an absorbing hobby involving many hours of enjoyable work researching, scripting and editing.
‘It’s a pleasure to be able to use my enthusiasm for film-making to share the travel films with so many guests each year, at the same time raising funds for charity. We’re also grateful to the support we’ve received from several local businesses.’
Money raised will go to the lord mayor’s charity appeal and Naomi House children’s hospice.
Former chief photographer with The News, Roy West, from Old Portsmouth, said he had been going to the Armchair Traveller events since his wife died 15 years ago.
Mr West said: ‘John’s work his very professional. His cinematography is well-considered and his commentary is informative and unobtrusive. A lot of hard work goes into this and everyone comes out of the performance relaxed and I come out knowing that it’s another year where I don’t need to spend any money on travelling for holiday. In fact, I often joke with John that he’s saved me a fortune on travel.
‘After my wife died I didn’t feel I wanted to travel anywhere any more so the Armchair Traveller is a great experience.’
Cllr Frank Jonas, the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, attended one of the screenings and said: ‘£2,916 was a magnificent sum to raise. I can tell that a tremendous amount of effort was put into organising the event. My thanks go to everyone who supported the shows and had such an enjoyable experience.’
Mr Haskell has raised more than £38,000 for charity in the past 20 years he has been running Armchair Traveller.