WINCHESTER Rotary’s “An Evening With Dan Snow” has raised £8,000 for local charities.

The event, which was hosted at the Theatre Royal on Saturday, January 14, raised funds for Hope Street and Trinity Winchester’s Women’s Services, two local charities which work with victims of domestic abuse.

The highly entertaining evening saw Dan Snow, also known as “The History Guy”, speak about his life growing up in a history-obsessed family, his career and much about the trip led by Earnest Shackleton to the South Pole in 1914 to 1917.

He also briefly spoke about his successful trip to the Antarctic last year to find Shackleton’s ship Endurance.

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It was an energetic and fascinating presentation – given completely without notes or images – and completely held the attention of the capacity audience.

At the start of the evening Sue McKenna, CEO of Winchester Trinity, and Lady Edwina Grosvenor, founder of the charity One Small Thing, of which Hope Street is a part, gave brief updates on their work supporting women suffering abuse and negotiating the justice system.

Winchester Rotary president Deborah Macartney said: “We are very grateful to Dan, who gave his time without charge, and also to Shentons Solicitors for their sponsorship of the evening.

“We are delighted to say that we anticipate a net profit in the region of £8,000”.