A charity event that has raised thousands of pounds over the past decade is making a triumphant return this month.

The Bridge with Afternoon Tea will take place at the Rosslea Hall Hotel in Rhu on April 19, in aid of Mercy Ships.

Organised by Helensburgh Rotary, it is the first time they have been able to hold their previously annual fund-raiser since the pandemic.

The last was held just before lockdown in 2020.

Now at a new venue and in the afternoon, from 1.30pm to 5pm, organisers Derek and Fiona Hall hope more people will be able to attend in aid of a great cause.

Derek, who said he held the position of "bridge convener", told the Advertiser that the Rotary branch has been supporting the ship Africa Mercy for about 10 years.

The converted hospital ship, launched in 1986, was driven by Dame Ann Gloag, a co-founder of the Stagecoach transport group, who remains a trustee.

"There is very much a Scottish emphasis," said Derek.

"We have probably raised £7,000 in 10 years and this is really a comeback after Covid."

He explained Africa Mercy does important work, particularly with cleft palates and cataracts.

"The medical staff and crew are volunteers," he continued. "They get people literally walking 100 miles for dentists and surgery.

"They do wonderful work."

Africa Mercy runs year-round with volunteers signing on for three-month tours as the ship goes from port to port around the continent.

Most patients are children but they also work with adults, and the charity has saved the sight of thousands of children.

The rganisers of the bridge afternoon hope to get at least 10 to 12 tables or about 40-50 people to take part on the day.

"The more the better," added Derek. "Please get a table together and support a really good charity."

The cost per player is £12 and anyone interested in taking part on April 19 should contact Derek on dr.hall1@btinternet.com or 01436 820888.