Runaway success for model railway open day

PUBLISHED: 13:24 01 July 2014 | UPDATED: 13:24 01 July 2014

Roger and Barabra Stimpson handing over a cheque to the Devon Air Ambulance Trust (DAAT) after holding an open day at their home. They are pictured with  Andy Millden, of Atlas Fencing, and Eve DiBartolo, Margaret and Don Hansford, from the DAAT.

Roger and Barabra Stimpson handing over a cheque to the Devon Air Ambulance Trust (DAAT) after holding an open day at their home. They are pictured with Andy Millden, of Atlas Fencing, and Eve DiBartolo, Margaret and Don Hansford, from the DAAT.

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Honiton couple Roger and Barbara Stimpson show their support for Devon Air Ambulance Trust

A model railway open day in Honiton was a runaway success raising more than £1,000 for the Devon Air Ambulance Trust (DAAT).

Roger Stimpson and his wife Barbara welcomed visitors to their home at Redwood Close on Father’s Day (June 15) to take a look at their large G gauge garden track and trains.

“It went extremely well,” said Roger. “We couldn’t have done better - we had good weather and good food.

“People were queuing up the road to get in.”

They presented a giant cheque to representatives from DAAT last Wednesday. The money will help towards keeping the charity’s helicopters in the air.

Roger’s collection of smaller model railway tracks was also on show during the open day.

The original garden track was built around 15 years ago by Barbara and has been rebuilt to look just as it did when it was first laid.

Refurbishment and reinforcement work was done on the track ready for the event, which included the addition of a viewing bridge. Work was done by Gary Broom, of Allstar Maintenance, and Atlas Fencing.

A team of volunteers helped out on the day due to Roger and Barbara’s poor health.

The couple have thanked all their helpers for their support and said a special thank you to their carers who stayed during the day.

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