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A best-selling author donated some of the proceeds of her latest book to ensure that the summer fete at Priory Adult Care's (formerly Amore Care) Berelands House care home in Prestwick was a major success.

De-ann Black pledged to donate the first week’s sales of her new romance ‘The Christmas Tea Shop & Bakery’, which is set in Scotland, to help stage the summer fete event.

Not wishing to influence sales of the book, De-ann kept her plan secret but was delighted that within three days of being published the book had shot into the bestselling charts in its category on Amazon. The book raised far more than De-ann anticipated and Berelands House held a hugely successful event.

The Provost of Ayr and Prestwick joined De-ann Black to officially open the annual fete and garden party.

Residents, staff, friends, family and the local community joined in the fun which included a bouncy castle, hook the duck, face painting, throw the sponge, beat the goalie, stalls, raffle and tombola. Live music and line dancing entertained the guests and local retailers and the fire brigade joined in the fun.

Chef Linda and her team cooked up a storm providing traditional party food including hamburgers, hot dogs, scones, cakes and ice cream.

Home manager Anne Smith said: “Everyone had a wonderful day and we raised lots of money, which will be spent on treats and days out for the residents.

“We are so grateful to De-ann for her ongoing support and delighted that her latest book is already so popular.”

De-ann said: “My latest romances have done quite well this year and I hoped that the new book would raise enough to help the summer fete fund. I’m so pleased to be able to help support Berelands and the great work that is does.

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