Solent Friends get together to raise money for charity

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A local social group has raised more than £1,000 for a national children’s charity.

The Solent Friends group are one of thousands of meet-up groups internationally that are focused on enabling people to socialise and enjoy going out to places and meeting new people.

They cover Gosport, Fareham and Portsmouth and based on an American concept, they organise regular meet-ups at local pubs, cinemas, restaurants, bowling alleys and swimming baths.

Over the past six months, the group have raised £1,173.72 for Children In Need, the BBC’s UK charity. Founded in 1980, it has raised more than £600m to help change the lives of disabled and vulnerable children and young people in the UK.

In order to raise the money, they have held raffles, with huge contributions from local shops and lots of parties, as well as a Small Town concert at The Carisbrooke Arms in Gosport.

On Halloween, one of the members hosted a large fancy dress party for members who they know at their house in Gosport, with a large cheque from the bank present to show the total amount of money raised. Jill Lindup runs the Solent Friends and said she is delighted with the amount of money the group have raised. She said: ‘The group I run is to raise money for local charity and one of our members asked us if we could raise money for Children In Need as well’.

Upcoming Solent Friends events include concerts, cafe meet-ups, a quiz night, a fine dining night, a walk, a darts match, another Small Town concert at The Carisbrooke Arms, a curry night, a film night and a Christmas party.

The group has also organised a skittles event at The Crofton Arms in Fareham at 7pm on Sunday, November 22.

Anyone interested in joining Solent Friends can visit

Membership costs £12 per year or 50p per meet-up and all money made will be donated to charity.

To donate to Children In Need, visit