Popular actor Martin Clunes has invited the winning bidder of a lot in a charity auction to have a walk on part in his new TV series of Doc Martin.

The Dorchester Opportunity Group, which supports children with additional needs including Down’s, Autism and Cerebral Palsy, is staging the event to raise funds.

Top auctioneer, Gary Batt of Duke’s in Dorchester will offer 20 lots, one of which will give you the chance to appear in front of a world audience of millions in the ninth and final series of the hugely popular drama, starring Dorset-based Martin Clunes.

Masterchef winner Mat Follas and business partner Katy Barnard are offering gourmet canapes and top Prosecco at The Bramble Café, Poundbury, on Thursday 10 May. The food is courtesy of Poundbury’s Brace of Butchers and Waitrose and the sparkling wine from the Dorset Wine Company.

The evening begins at 6pm with the auction starting at 7pm sharp, and among the confirmed lots will be: golf for four people at the Dorset Golf and Country Club; a Duchy hamper; advice on ergonomics and furniture from Office Reality; a long weekend’s use of a top Mercedes convertible from Dorchester’s Sandown MercedesBenz and luxury chocolates from The House of Dorchester.

There will also be a flight up The Jurassic Coast with BSK Services’ Brian Keene, a cooking lesson with Mat Follas; his latest book; valuations for insurance purposes from Jordans Jewellers plus a silver pendant and matching bracelet. In addition, win free costume hire from Alter Ego, gifts from Spotify, and a month’s free membership for one person to the gym, pool, sauna, steam room, jacuzzi and classes at the Nuffield Health Centre, Yeovil.

Lastly, at the time of writing there are lots from Winchester’s Shooting School and two adult tickets to the Dorset County Show (children go free).

This follows last year’s Auction which raised more than £2,500 at the Bramble Café. The Auction follows the excellent news that the Dorchester Opportunity Group recently won its second consecutive “Outstanding” rating from Ofsted. The report stated: “Staff put children’s welfare at the heart of everything they do and their partnership with parents is exceptional.”

Tickets direct from the Group include two glasses of Prosecco and gourmet nibbles: £12.50 each Telephone: 01305 751707 or visit:  www.dorchesteropportunitygroup.co.uk

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