Dorset resident Thelma Barlow, 86, who played Mavis in Coronation Street helped raise almost £1,000 for charity.
The much-loved actress wanted to do a good turn in the county before she relocates to Kent to live near her son.
She got behind a quiz night and auction organised by Swanage’s James Smith Funeral Directors – part of the Douch Family Funeral Directors Group.
Not only did she attend the event that was held to raise funds for EDP Drug & Alcohol Services, but contributed an auction prize of a dinner for four which she would host.
Swanage resident Andrew Brewin, along with his partner Lesley McLintic and their friend Andrea Dunckley won the bidding.
They enjoyed a magnificent meal with Thelma at the Isle of Purbeck Golf Club in Studland, being delivered there in a limousine driven by Derek Trotter from the funeral directors.
Andrea said: “It was a fantastic meal and Thelma was superb company, so down to earth and easy to talk to.
“The food and service were excellent and the views are amazing from the golf club. To be chauffer driven there and back in such a lovely car was wonderful.”
The quiz night and auction raised a total of £913.95.
Thelma was in Coronation Street for 26 years and her character Mavis worked in ‘The Kabin’. She left the soap in 1997 after the departure of her on-screen husband Derek.She has lived in Swanage for the last 13 years.