Melbourn Dans Le Noir night gives insight into living with sight loss

PUBLISHED: 10:33 23 November 2015 | UPDATED: 10:54 23 November 2015

Everyone tucked in at the Dans Le Noir evening in Melbourn.

Everyone tucked in at the Dans Le Noir evening in Melbourn.


The chance to experience life without sight proved to be an eye-opener for guests at a charity Dans Le Noir night in Melbourn.

Cheers: Nick Burr (centre) organised the event.Cheers: Nick Burr (centre) organised the event.

The evening at the Sheene Mill – which saw revellers tuck into a three course meal blindfolded – was arranged by Bassingbourn fundraiser Nick Burr, who himself went blind from cancer on New Year’s Eve back in 2013.

He said: “The night went extremely well, you could tell from the start when everyone was led to their table and then sat down that the blindfolds affected them.

The event was well-attended.The event was well-attended.

“The noise in the room was heightened as everyone was shouting and adjusting to their new surroundings and their temporary disability.

“Everyone said they had a brilliant night and it was a real eye opening experience for them to see what it is like for me on a daily basis.

Watch your step: People were led in blind-folded.Watch your step: People were led in blind-folded.

“I would like to thank everyone that participated, all the local businesses that donated a raffle prize and the Sheene Mill for helping me host the night.”

The night raised £2,415 for charity, and Nick hopes to raise even further funds when he stages an auction night next Friday, December 4, at The Belle in Bassingbourn.

The money raised will go to Children In Need, Bassingbourn Football Club – who Nick used to play for – and the Cambridge Dons goalball team.

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