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WHAT is the connection between Pirates and a bath full of cold custard? Thanks to the Hampden Park Tesco store and their fun day to raise funds for Cancer Research UK, there was a hilarious combination of both, in the store on August Bank Holiday Monday.

Staff dressed as Pirates, and the children who came in fancy dress had their very own competition, which was won by a lovely little lad, who was so shy he wouldn’t give his name!

They also held a Custard Bath Challenge, in which a valiant young man volunteered to sit in the bath while adult and child shoppers poured cold custard over him, for a donation towards the charity.

The whole event was officially opened by a Captain Jack Sparrow lookalike, who posed for pictures with shoppers for a small donation. The event raised well over £300, which will go towards the total the store will raise for Cancer Research UK, its Charity of the Year.

MANY in Hampden Park and Willingdon Trees who do not drive, will know that however hard our Eastbourne bus drivers work, events can happen to delay a service - frustrating if you are at a bus stop in the rain, or have an urgent appointment to keep.

Well now you can call on the Community Transport bus. By ringing in advance, you can catch this bus at a place and time convenient to you, for a single fare of just £2. If you would like to know more about this service, ring 01273 517332 or check out www.ctla.org.uk

MANY who recently enjoyed the Hampden Park Dog Show will remember the excellent demonstration by the Eastbourne Ambulance Dogs. Formed in 2010 this team of volunteers started to train their own dogs to form what is now a crucial part of rescues in the area.

They have even been called upon to help with a coastguard rescue, and also in the search of pets who may have gone missing from the scene of an accident.

Sadly they are sometimes called upon to recover the body of a dog who has run over our nearby cliffs. The volunteers urge anyone who visits these cliffs with their pooches to keep them safely on a lead.

There are currently four dogs in the team, with owner-handlers, and two assistants who will become dog handlers in the near future.

Find out more about their marvellous work by looking for them on Face Book, ‘Eastbourne Ambulance Dogs’.

HAMPDEN Park seems blessed with several up-and-coming, and some already established, authors. Local resident Francis is currently writing an exciting book about Yellowstone Park, in America - based on the very real possibility that an earthquake or volcanic eruption is apparently long overdue, thanks to Mother Nature. Watch this space for publication details.

MANY enjoy Boot Fairs, but at the onset of winter looms, it can be daunting to challenge the weather in order to attend these events. But a local Hampden Park Charity, Rabbit Rescue, will hold a regular stall at the Sunday Antique and Collectors’ Fair at Reid Hall in Boreham Street, starting on Sunday, October 7. If you want to browse without a brolly, do go along and support this extremely worthwhile local cause. Find out more by ringing Caroline on 507383.