This weekend, long-time Dimbleby Cancer Care supporters Stella Stothart and Gail Mosley hosted a DimbleTea in Dittisham, Devon, raising over £750.

Stella tells us:

“The day started with enormous black clouds as we optimistically set out tables and chairs under gazebos and sun umbrellas, put up bunting, laid tablecloths and put out flowers.  Luckily they passed without a single drop of rain and the afternoon turned into blue skies and hot sunshine.  We had about 70 paying guests and another dozen or so (the band and helpers) who not only contributed with their time and effort but also bought raffle tickets and tried to ‘guess the number of jelly babies in the jar’. Our band, who gave their services for free, played two 45 minute sets of light jazz and received much praise from our guests.  They contributed enormously to the ambience of the afternoon.  Our ‘balloon man’, Lez the Fez, made mermaids, swords and helicopters for the children, coping well with the heat wreaking havoc on his balloons and bursting them.  He too generously gave his services free. The queue for the sandwiches and cakes (all homemade by Gail and the ladies of the village) seemed to be endless and the tea pot was filled and refilled again and again by a small band of efficient and hardworking helpers.”

It was very much a team effort with lots of locals getting involved and helping in many ways. Jonathan Dimbleby also was there and spoke to everyone about the charity and how their support matters and will enable us to continue helping people living with cancer through our support centres and our Cancer Care Map.

Stella added: “There were willing hands to drive and carry the tables, chairs and crockery to the venue from the village hall (whose chairman kindly waived their hire charge for us) and to reverse the process on Sunday morning. We had some lovely raffle prizes donated by local businesses and individuals.”

So a HUGE thank you to Stella and everyone who helped make the day such a great success.

If you’d like to host your own DimbleTea event head over to our events page to find out more.