Gig night raises cash for victims of crime

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PUBGOERS raised hundreds of pounds at a charity gig night.

The Portsmouth Area Rape Crisis Service held a music and comedy night at the Fat Fox, in Albert Road, Southsea, last Thursday.

Volunteers at the centre are marking 30 years of giving support to men and women aged 13 and above who have been sexually abused.

The charity event saw band The Colliders and Scottish comedian James Stewart taking to the stage.

Through ticket sales and generous donations, the support centre raised just over £300.

Organiser Jo Pearse, from PARCS, said: ‘It went really well and everyone had a really good night.

‘I really enjoyed myself and I’m sure other people did too.

‘The Fat Fox was absolutely packed. I was standing at the back for most of it and I could hardly see in any direction there were just so many people.’

The money is going towards a fundraising campaign which will see the support service using new technology to reach more victims of abuse.

PARCS is in the final stages of setting up an online-based system where people who have been sexually abused can speak to a volunteer through a computer.

People in need of help will be able to use the internet calling service Skype to speak to volunteers instead of having to visit the centre.

Jo added: ‘It was our 30th birthday this year so we have been running a fundraising campaign for that.

‘We want something Skype-based because it’s about reaching people who can’t get to the centre. Some of our clients live out of the city or perhaps have disabilities so it’s difficult.’