Future Exmouth defibs to benefit from Littleham fete

PUBLISHED: 16:00 29 July 2017

Flashback: the Living Church's cake and information stall at a previous Littleham fete. Pictured are Mike Passant (the driving force behind the Exmouth defibrillator fund), Simon Passant, Jenny French, Lesley Dadd and Vida Phillips. Picture by Alex Walton.

Flashback: the Living Church's cake and information stall at a previous Littleham fete. Pictured are Mike Passant (the driving force behind the Exmouth defibrillator fund), Simon Passant, Jenny French, Lesley Dadd and Vida Phillips. Picture by Alex Walton.

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Money raised by the event, being held on Saturday, August 12, will raise funds for life-saving devices in the town.

A charity fete – raising funds for the Exmouth defibrillator fund – is taking place in Littleham on Saturday, August 12. Running from 11am until 3pm, it will be on the green outside Littleham Village Hall and Rodney Close.

The event has been organised by East Devon District Council’s mobile support officer Margaret Whitehouse.

“We have had lots of support and raffle prizes donated by businesses in the town and surrounding area,” she said. “They include Tesco’s, the Co-op, Men’s Shed group, Market Carpets, Sandy Bay holiday park, Country Life, Wine of Araby, Quilt Group, and lots more. We were even given free T-shirts with ‘Staff’ written on the back by the Tee Shirt shop in Exmouth.”

Exmouth’s Bay FM will also supply music and announcements, and the Devon and Somerset Fire Service will also attend. In addition, there will be a hog roast, cream teas, a tombola and a dog competition. Everyone running a stall will pay £5 for a table.

All funds will go to the Exmouth defibrillator fund, which is run by Mike Passant.

Mr Passant, 79, from Jarvis Close, Littleham, has fundraised tirelessly to provide a defibrillator in Exmouth’s The Strand.

He’s delighted by the Littleham fete, saying it’s the first time he’s had official support for his defibrillator campaign. He has high hopes to provide more defibrillators around the town.

“To know that there are people at the council that are prepared to do this event to raise funds is brilliant,” he said. “It takes a lot of pressure off trying to raise the money myself. So it’s not just my scheme now. It belongs to everybody who’s put the work in.”

More defibrillator fundraising events are on the horizon. Exmouth’s Country House pub is planning to hold a dog show and a fun day on Saturday, August 26, and Sunday, August 27. Plucky Mr Passant has agreed to be ‘gunged’ during the fun day. All funds raised from the events will go towards the defibrillator campaign. More soon.


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