WORCESTER property consultants and chartered surveyors Halls hosted a foot-stomping, beer-drinking Bavarian night to raise £2,500 for a charity supporting blind and partially-sighted people.
Around 200 people attended the event at Worcester’s Guildhall to raise money for Sight Concern Worcestershire. Guests enjoyed a hog roast and a live performance by Oompah band The Bierkeller Schunklers.
Jason Clines, managing partner at Halls Commercial, said: “We were overwhelmed by the generosity of everyone at the event, which was a sellout. It was a fantastic, fun evening that raised a significant amount of money for a very worthwhile countywide charity.
“There was plenty of audience participation and we were pleased that a number of people came dressed in lederhosen and really threw themselves into the theme of the evening. So many people have already asked us to make it an annual event, and we have decided we will.”
Fiona Blake, fund-raising manager at Sight Concern, said: “Thank you to Halls and the Worcestershire business community for their wonderful fund-raising support.
“Many people feel their life is over when they lose their sight; we help people to cope and learn how to do things differently. There are more than 10,000 people affected by significant sight loss in Worcestershire, so we need lots of help to reach out to our friends, family or neighbours experiencing the fear of sight loss.”
Covering the whole of Worcestershire, Sight Concern provides support and advice to more than 2,500 people each year who are blind or partially sighted.
The charity works hard to help people find their confidence again. It runs cookery courses teaching techniques for preparing meals from scratch, such as using talking scales and ways of cutting fruit and vegetables with sharp knives.
It also has around 120 volunteers who help people to remain independent in their own homes, through regular visits to read the post or escorting them on a shopping trip. For more information, visit sightconcern.co.uk or call 01905 723245.