WELLINGTON Heath’s Scarecrow Trail has proved to be a great fund-raising success.

The total amount raised was £929.70, of which £679.70 will go to St Michael’s Hospice and £250 will go to Christ Church, the village’s church.

Visitors could vote on the favourite scarecrows, and the winners were Bill and Ben; but there were many other favourites.

Trail spokesperson, Jennie Mackie said: “Who knew that Paddington Bear would, so appropriately, land up in the garden of Mr and Mrs Brown, that Mr McGregor would be within taunting distance of Peter Rabbit who persisted in stealing his best carrots, or that Donald Duck would present as Donald Trump: an inspired piece of political satire.

“ I have been overwhelmed with such a generous response: from those who built a scarecrow, sold trail sheets and walked, biked, or drove through the village identifying the characters, to those who made cakes and helped with the refreshments, and the people I press-ganged into forming a back-up team (actually more of a front-up team). And, indeed, to the generally positive reactions.”

She added: “Thanks to everyone who took part in any way.”

Visitors came from as far afield as London.