B&DWM-2611A homebuilder has hosted a dinner with a difference to raise awareness of the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association.

David Wilson Homes invited members of Adderbury parish council, as well as the MP for North Oxfordshire, Victoria Prentis to join a local guide dog user, Brian, and his dog Wixy and directors of the company to the dinner.

As well as sitting down to eat a two course lunch while blindfolded, the eight guests took part in a series of everyday tasks such as counting money, colouring and completing a jigsaw. They were also given the chance to try on glasses which replicated various visual impairments, in order to put themselves in the shoes of someone with sight loss.

Felicity Stratton, Community Fundraiser for Guide Dogs, was among the guests to talk about the important work the guide dogs do and run the activities. Felicity said: “Enabling others to understand some of the difficulties encountered by people with a visual impairment is so important, we are grateful to David Wilson homes for their continued support and hosting such an interactive event. 

“Every hour another person in the UK goes blind.  When someone loses their sight, the charity guide dogs is here to make sure they don’t lose their freedom as well.”

Victoria Prentis, MP for North Oxfordshire, said: “’Dinner in the Dark’ was a really interesting experience and made me appreciate just how challenging everyday tasks are for those who are visually impaired. Even the most basic but vital things that we take for granted, like cooking and eating a meal, can become difficult and frustrating. I am very grateful to David Wilson Homes for hosting this innovative event.”

John Fitzgerald, Managing Director at David Wilson Homes Mercia said: “We are delighted to be supporting the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association as we have for a long time had a strong affinity with the charity. We recently sponsored a Guide Dog puppy through its first year of training.

“It was fantastic to have Felicity, Brian and Wixy attend the event to give us all a new perspective on life with a visual impairment. It was a fantastic experience and we hope to continue working with the charity in the future.”