CHARLES Dickens was brought back to life in a production of Dickens' Children by Dorchester Drama.

The play showcased Dickens' favourite characters, interspersed with stories and tales from the author's own life.

Director of Dorchester Drama, Dee Thorne, was keen to honour Dickens' own philanthropy and organised a raffle in aid of Julia's House, a Dorset-based hospice supporting children with life-limiting conditions. A representative from the hospice attended each performance of Dickens' Children, giving a short talk explaining the vital work that Julia's House carries out.

Dorchester Drama managed to raise £150, which was presented to Gill Slade from the hospice.