Dorset resident Thelma Barlow, who played Mavis in the soap opera Coronation Street, is supporting a charity event before she moves away from the area.
The much-loved actress, 86, who also played alongside the late Victoria Wood in the hit comedy Dinner Ladies, has lived in Swanage for 13 years.
But she now has decided to move to Kent, to be nearer her son.
As a final ‘thank you’ to the residents of Dorset for their hospitality, Thelma will be supporting a quiz night and auction, organised by James Smith Funeral Directors, to raise money for the charity EDP Drug & Alcohol Services.
The biggest prize is lunch/dinner for four with the actress at the Isle of Purbeck Golf Club.
Derek Trotter from the funeral directors has organised the event that is being held at the Swanage Conservative Club on Friday 6 May, with doors open from 7pm for a 7.30pm start.
James Smith Funeral Directors is part of Dorset’s Douch Family Funeral Directors and Nick Douch, managing director, said: “We have supported EDP before and they do excellent work. Derek has been involved with the charity’s branch in Swanage over a number of years and we hope that a lot of people will turn up on the night to support the event and bid generously for the prizes.
We are also very grateful to Thelma for supporting the event and offering to pay for dinner for four at the Isle of Purbeck Golf Club.”
Thelma, who hopes to attend, said: “It’s an opportunity to support a very good cause before I say goodbye to Swanage.”