Ambrosia, the mythical food of the gods, combined with a wonderful display of model vehicles and cars to attract visitors to an exhibition in a Devon village which raised hundreds of pounds for charity.
The ME Association and The Children’s Hospice South West each received cheques for £375 from an afternoon of fundraising organised last month by Mrs Carol Mounce in the chapel at Lifton Down, a little village close to Devon’s border with Cornwall.
Carol is pictured in her garden with neighbour Rachael Trace, who knitted toys and garments for the event, making a personal donation of £200.
The food of the gods came in the form of donations of creamed rice and custard from the Ambrosia factory in the village of Lifton just down the road. Carol’s husband Terry used to work there and they’ve generously supported her fundraisers in the past.
“I always check the prices at Morrison’s and Tesco and then reduce them a bit so people are getting a very good bargain”, said Carol.
Also setting the scene were tables crammed full of hand-made models of remote-controlled trucks in 1:14 scale, Walt Disney cars from films like Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and 101 Dalmations complete with all the dogs, doll houses, steam models with cakes, flowers and all the paraphernalia of a magnificent village afternoon out.
Carol picked the ME Association as one of her charities this year because she and Terry have a 45-year-old son who life has been affected by M.E. since he was in his early teens.
The couple moved into Lifton Down seven years ago from their long-term home in Launceston.
For those who don’t know, the Children’s Hospital South West runs hospices in Devon, Cornwall and Somerset.
“We made a bit of a splash of it this year as it’s The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. People did enjoy themselves”, added Carol.