Sisters raise �797 at Sidmouth NZ earthquake event

Daughters of Sidmouth couple caught up in New Zealand quake raise cash at garden party for its victims

AN appeal for New Zealand earthquake victims attracted huge support from Sidmouth residents.

A garden party and coffee morning, held at Kennaway House last week, was well attended, raising �797.

The event was organised by Cathy Payne with the help of her sisters Laura Newton, Sarah Berry and Claire Newton after their parents, Janet and Richard Newton, who live in Sidmouth, were in caught up in the Christchurch earthquake.

Cathy, from Topsham, said: “I was particularly touched by the amount of local support for something that happened on the other side of the world.

“The day went really well and the sun was shining. The kids loved the bouncy castle. A lot of local people shared their experiences in Newland and Christchurch and the earthquake.”

An auction will also be held for a two-week holiday to Mauritius.

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To make a donation to the appeal or enter a bid for the auction call Janet and Richard Newton on (01395) 516161.