Suspicion and intrigue were on the cards at WAITS’ murder mystery fundraising dinner, where guests kept a close eye on the action to work out whodunit.

Titled Haunting at Redstone Manor, actors took to the stage to host a fictitious ghost hunt where a grouchy guest presenter, an obsessed fan and an unpopular producer added to the mix of characters.

Between courses, diners were teased with snippets from the story and allowed to interview the suspects in a bid to find clues and discover who the murderer was.

After the big reveal and confession, actor and stand-up comedian John Simmit hosted a raffle and auction. Prizes and lots included paintings from local artist Paul Langford, an overnight stay for two and VIP theatre tickets.

WAITS CEO, Marcia Lewinson, said: “It’s exciting to be hosting in-person events again and I’m delighted and grateful that we sold all of the tickets. I’d like to say a special thank you to the actors from Best Guess, everyone who came and to our event sponsors TOA Taxis, E W Bookkeeping and Accountancy, Arkade Property and Richard Austin Alloys for their generous support.

“The money raised will make a huge difference to us, especially after the rise in domestic abuse during lockdown and the postponement of some of our vital fundraising activities.”
The event took place on Saturday 02 October 2021 at the Macdonald Burlington Hotel in Birmingham, raising £2,094.19.

WAITS was established in Birmingham over 20 years ago. The charity helps women suffering domestic abuse to achieve their goals, feel empowered and gain independence. They offer several services including refuges, an integration project, counselling, befriending and signposting.

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