Some time ago Sam started volunteering at the Child Development Centre (CDC) in Plymouth as an Assistant Clinical Psychologist. This weekend was their first Summer Fete, so we went along to help out. Sam put her culinary qualifications & skills to use planning and organising the refreshments stand with lots of cream teas, and I put my engineering skills to use putting up the gazebos.
Next to us was the general cake stand with Jenny & Bridget overseeing a wide range of home made confectionary (including some Rocky Road Crunch Bars that had been modified from the original recipe by Sam).
All the usual stalls were there, Bric-a-Brac, books, plants, games for the kids (including a fantastic giant Connect-4). All the stalls were donating to the Centipede Trust (Reg No. 1126335) the charity behind CDC (www.gacac.org.uk). Although the centre has been running a number of years, this was their first Summer Fete so it was all a bit of an experiment.
Even the Fire Brigade turned up (and made a significant contribution to the Cream Tea sales). The Trust is the official charity for HMS Scott and some of the sailors turned up to open the Fete and provide the all important treasure hunt (and Pirate King, with bounty for those that found all the hidden swords).
We’re not yet sure how much was raised as the final tally hasn’t been taken. However it was a fun day, with plenty of supporters and despite a summer rain shower trade was steady throughout.