The British pianist famous for radio panel games Whose Line Is It Anyway? and I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue, Colin Sell joined forces with the Riverhouse Barn Arts Centre for a filmic fundraiser on 20 March in aid of the centre’s new computer skills programme, to help the over 60s.

£600 raised

The event, sponsored by the Specsavers Opticians in Walton on Thames, saw Colin swap his piano for the silver screen and share a selection of his favourite comedy clips with a thoroughly appreciative audience, raising over £600 for the new course.

Colin also appeared in an episode of Foyle's War as a pianist and composed the score for the 1984 BBC Television Shakespeare production of Shakespeare's The Life and Death of King John so has a love of the broadcast arts too.

New technology course for retirees

Launching in September, the new course, 'Getting to Grips with Technology', will offer Walton retirees training in modern technology including computers, laptops, tablets, iPhones and android phones. It will also offer advice on organising and sharing photos, getting more from their phones, using email and how to organise their files and storage.

The money raised at the event will go towards paying for tutors and purchasing a computer for the course.

Importance to the community

Conor MacCarthy, store director said: ‘We’re thrilled to support the Riverhouse Barn Arts Centre. It plays such a fantastic role in the community and the new computer programme will benefit many of the local residents.’

Emily Boulting, director at the Riverhouse Barn Arts Centre says: ‘We are so grateful to Specsavers' Walton store for helping us get this innovative technology course off the ground. Without support from local businesses and charities Riverhouse would not be able to offer the range of arts courses for all ages that we do. And let's not forget that the fundraiser was a really special evening in its own right, one of many special classic film evenings that we host.’

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