Monday, December 4, 2023

Come and support Diana’s Strawberry Tea at Davy Down

DAVY Down Trust hosts its fifth Strawberry Tea in aid of BreastCancerCare on Sunday July 8th from 2 to 5 pm and the park itself off Pilgrims Way in North Stifford will be open all day. Diana Hale, Chair of Davy Down, was diagnosed with Breast Cancer Christmas 2007 and after two major operations vowed to raise money for cancer charities as a thank you for all the special people who helped her recovery. She ran in the 2008 and 2009 Races for Life and chose Davy Down for her Strawberry Tea venue. “Most people hold them in their back gardens but I wanted to put on something bigger in a place I loved”.

Last year’s tea proved really poignant. Diana and fellow trustees really thought it would be her last because she was diagnosed with cancer in the bones in her hips,pelvis and spine in April 2011. Thanks to the NHS, Macmillan Nurses, St Luke’s Hospice and a good dose of luck she is still here but accepting any help she can get and to her delight the trustees have promised to make this an annual event .

“It’s a lovely way of raising money..a wonderful cream tea with strawberries, scones and Victoria sponges, lots of giant games and a tombola and raffle. No one needs to make any other effort other than to get here and eat!” said Pam Thomas, friend and fellow Davy Down Trustee

We want to beat the thousand pounds we made last year and look forward to the sunshine that has greeted us on the second Sunday of July every year. Though the cream tea proceeds go to a national breast cancer charity two local charities will also benefit: St Luke’s Hospice and the local Macmillan
Nurses team.


  1. Diana Hale I raise my hat and salute you. I am humbled by your courage in the face of adversity and admire your “fiesty” determination to get on with your life and use your considerable abilities and experience to help others. It is people like you who demonstrate that there are some good, honest, caring and decent politicians. who still believe that there is such a thing as society and it is well worth nurturing.
    I wish you well and hope that others will be encouraged to follow your example.


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