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Showing of Robin Williams' film Good Will Hunting to benefit suicide charity

By Staff Reporter

A charity that provides services to help prevent suicide and self-harm is set to benefit from the late Robin Williams' Oscar- winning performance in Good Will Hunting.

PIPS, in conjunction with Omniplex Cinemas, hopes to raise funds with showings of the hit film across Northern Ireland.

The movie received universal acclaim from critics and Williams earned an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

The actor, who died by suicide at his California home earlier this month, played therapist Dr Sean Maguire alongside Matt Damon – who portrayed a gifted but troubled genius – in the 1997 film.

Good Will Hunting will be shown at 11 local cinemas at 6.30pm tomorrow. Seats can be reserved by making a donation of £7 through the Omniplex site at www.omniplex.ie.

There are Omniplex cinemas at Dundonald, the Kennedy Centre in Belfast, Larne, Carrick, Newry, Londonderry, Bangor, Antrim, Lisburn, Enniskillen and Armagh.

Maria Morgan, chairperson of PIPS in north Belfast, said its services were needed desperately.

"Our youngest client, aged eight, came to us after telling her mummy to get used to not seeing her as she had to go. Our oldest, a man aged 82, had lost his wife and couldn't face life without his best friend. Both are coping using the skills received from our counsellors," she said.

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