GUIDE Dogs volunteer fundraising group is hosting a murder mystery gala dinner to raise funds for the sight loss charity.

The fundraising group, made up entirely of volunteers based in Chard, Ilminster & Crewkerne regularly raises thousands of pounds each year for Guide Dogs, despite having been impacted recently by Covid-19.

The evening will take place on May 22 at the Shrubbery Hotel and includes a two-course meal in the ballroom.

Krissie Isaac, of Guide Dogs, said: “This event will be a great opportunity to raise funds for Guide Dogs and help us continue our vital work for people with sight loss. Come along and see if you can solve the mystery.

“Our guide dogs are truly life-changing, allowing people with sight loss to enjoy the same freedom and independence as everyone else. We are so proud of our volunteers and would like to thank them for everything they do.

We also wish to recognise the fantastic support that the group receives from individuals and businesses within the local community.”

Group coordinator Sue Marks said: “I enjoy fundraising because I know how much difference a guide dog can make. They really do change lives - I’ve witnessed it many times!

“Our local group has been going about 9 years - we raised over £30,000 in the year before lockdown, thanks in part to our local golf club who raised £ 7,000 for us.

“We’ve done fashion shows, quizzes, bingo, and various fetes and stalls. We’re now only just getting back to our usual activities, so a there’s a lot of catching up to do.”

There are around 24,000 people living with sight loss in Somerset.

While not all these people are registered blind, their sight loss is significant enough to impact their daily lives.

To book tickets for the event, call Sue on 07970 555 504. Tickets are £30.