Dining in the dark in aid of Guide Dogs charity

Event organiser Denise Allen
Event organiser Denise Allen
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Portsmouth Guide Dogs for the Blind want people to experience how difficult day-­to-­day tasks can be for the visually impaired at a dining in the dark night.

The event, on Tuesday, will be held at the Watermark Bar and Restaurant in Port Solent at 7.30pm to raise awareness of the charity.

Event fundraiser Denise Allen, 47, from Denmead said: ‘We want to give the diners a sense of understanding the challenges of loss of sight, particularly the consequences of sudden sight loss.’

Even though the night has a serious message, they hope there will be a light-hearted atmosphere.

Mrs Allen said: ‘Diners are challenged to sit down for a dinner in a restaurant, something they will have all done before, but they are blindfolded before they attempt to eat their meal.

‘The loss of sight challenges their ability to carry out this simple activity.

‘They will no longer be confident of the position of their plate, glasses or even food.’

The charity is looking for people to add to its 1,400 volunteers.

In Portsmouth there has been an increased number of people needing help and there is a waiting list for people to be assigned a guide dog of their own.

Tickets are £20 with £10 going directly to the charity.

They are available from 
the restaurant on (023) 9237 7422 or call Mrs Allen on 07505 200517.