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This November the Macdonald Burlington Hotel, Birmingham will join forces with Queen Alexandra College (QAC) to host a unique Dinner in the Dark dining experience to raise awareness and funds for people with disabilities.

Guests at the charity event will have the chance to find out what life is like with a visual impairment. During the champagne reception the house lights will be dimmed and guests will be acclimatised to the dark before being blind-folded and led to their table. Diners will enjoy a surprise two course menu, with their only choices being 'chicken' or 'vegetarian' as their main and 'hot' or 'cold' as their dessert.

Queen Alexandra College (QAC) is a national charity which supports people with disabilities, including vision impairment, helping them realise their potential to work and live independently.

One of the event supporters is well known West Bromwich man Dave Heeley who attended Queen Alexandra College and who is also the first blind person in the world to have completed the ultimate endurance challenge of seven marathons in seven days on seven continents. The father of three nicknamed 'Blind Dave' lost his sight at the age of seventeen and used his experience and determination to motivate and inspire others.

Dave says: "So many people say to me they can't imagine what it's like to lose their sight, well now they can! Running a marathon without their sight may not be other people's idea of fun, but this event gives them the opportunity to spend a couple of hours in my shoes and see for themselves what it is like."

This is the first Dinner in the Dark event to be held at the Macdonald Burlington Hotel and hotel manager James Bee said: "We have known Dave for a while now and are really looking forward to supporting the work that Dave and QAC do for those with disabilities in Birmingham and across the UK. We have had to use the Horton Suite, which is one of the largest event spaces in the city, to cater for what we expect to be a sell-out event; it's a magnificent venue which has as an illustrious history including hosting heads of state so we hope the fact won't be lost on guests as they won't be able to see the beautiful décor."

The event takes place on Thursday 19 November from 7.00pm until midnight with tickets priced at £35 each which includes a reception drink, two course meal and disco. For more information call 0121 428 5064 or email Sarah Caldwell on scaldwell@qac.ac.uk