Ottery hotpot scoops £1000 for Flood Relief Fund

PUBLISHED: 15:01 30 January 2009 | UPDATED: 12:24 17 June 2010

A LIVELY evening of food and dancing raised more than £1000 for the Ottery St Mary Flood Relief Fund last Friday.

A LIVELY evening of food and dancing raised more than £1000 for the Ottery St Mary Flood Relief Fund last Friday.

More than 100 residents packed The Institute for a lively hotpot supper and ceilidh to raise the cash, which East Devon District Council will double.

The event, organised by Sustainable Ottery, was generously backed by the town's businesses who donated food and raffle prizes.

Devon-based band, Stick the Fiddle, waived their fee to provide the entertainment and got revellers with an age range of ten to 80 up and dancing. Sidmouth Lions also donated £50 to the cause.

Organiser Tony Rhodes was delighted with the turnout and total and said the evening exemplified the town's strong community spirit. He said: "Local shops were fantastically supportive- if they didn't give us food to cook they donated raffle prizes.

"Everybody had a good time- there was plenty of food to go around- one bloke had four helpings, I think he felt guilty so he gave us a hand with the washing up.

"We could have sold more tickets, people were very generous. I was hoping to raise around £700 and we've done quite a bit more than that."

Tony now hopes those who suffered flood-damage heartache will be encouraged to apply for some of the cash. He said: "having put a lot of effort into raising the cash the last thing we want is for the money to sit in some bank account, unused."

EDDC can be contacted on (01395)516551.


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