Red Carpet Gala Screening of Fox Searchlight Pictures’ forthcoming film The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

On the evening of Monday 23rd February (the 110th birthday of Rotary International) business, civic and community leaders from across Wessex will join local and national celebrities at the University of Southampton for a glamorous Red Carpet Gala Screening of Fox Searchlight Pictures’ forthcoming film The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

Thanks to the generosity of 20th Century Fox, the University of Southampton and the University’s Students’ Union, who are freely providing the screening, all of the money raised from tickets and corporate sponsorship will go towards taking isolated older people to see the film in cinemas in the following three weeks.

The Damaris Trust is a member of the Age Action Alliance who work with the film industry to create free official resources for a range of community groups (see Nick Pollard, co-founder of the Damaris Trust says “It is very exciting to bring different people and organisations together through an event like this – and to make a difference in many people’s lives. I have always been impressed by the commitment of Rotary to service and community, and it is great to celebrate their 110th birthday with them.”

Eve Conway, President Elect of Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland says: “This is a great way to celebrate Rotary’s 110th Birthday, with the first Rotary Red Carpet Gala Screening in Britain and Ireland and to be making a difference to the lives of isolated elderly people. Rotarians have been actively involved in helping our local community and supporting those in need, both at home and overseas, since 1905.  Rotary is a global network of community volunteers.”

Tickets are on sale now: get yours at

For Alliance members who are local to the area there is opportunity to be more involved in this glamourous fundraiser for isolated elderly people; for more information, or to offer your support, please contact Damaris on 02380 682750 or

The event will be the launch of Damaris Silver Screen, a project of Damaris with Age UK, Rotary and the University of Southampton which will seek to reach socially disconnected older people (of whom there are 5 million in the UK) and re-engage them in cinema as an enriching social activity, with benefits for their health and well-being. Find our more at


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