A SUNDAY Times best-selling author has offered his support to a Dorset disability charity.

Damien Lewis hosted an evening in aid of Diverse Abilities following the release of his latest book, SAS Italian Job, which tells the story of South Lytchett Manor – now Lytchett Minster School – hero Mike "Wild Man" Lees and his his daring WWII parachute mission to destroy a supposedly secure Nazi fortress.

The evening was held in the heart of the home where Mike Lees spent much of his childhood, The Manor House at Lytchett Minster School, where guests enjoyed a cheese and wine reception before hearing the story, which has made the national press.

Those in attendance also had the opportunity to hear from Lees’ daughter, Christine Bueno, and cousin, Sir Christopher Lees, both of whom are long-term supporters of Diverse Abilities. Guests were also privileged to meet Special Forces veteran, Jack Edmonds, get signed copies of Damien’s book as well as bid on some rare Special Forces auction prizes, including a signed transcript of Col. Tim Collins’ Iraq War speech.

Ashley Weedon, fundraising manager at Diverse Abilities, said: “I think everyone in the room felt privileged to be part of this unique and unusual event which celebrated Dorset in so many ways. A big thank you goes to Damien and Christine for supporting the charity and helping us raise over £5,000 for local children and adults with disabilities.”

To find out more regarding Diverse Abilities, visit diverseabilities.org.uk or call 01202 718266.