Macmillan coffee morning at Home of Compassion

Around thirty folk gathered in the Bistro, at Home of Compassion in Thames Ditton, for the McMillan coffee morning.  Amongst our throng of family, friends, residents and locals, we had the honour of a McMillan employee who was thrilled to hear we were running a snail race.

The important task for coffee and cake was dealt with, the chocolate cake proved a firm favourite, but an old staple of apple cake was snaffled up promptly.

Seven snails were carefully selected from the renowned Kirk Stables in Kingston Upon Thames for this prestigious annual race.  Trainers had worked hard on diet plans including asparagus & acanthus leaves.

The runners included prize winning Professor Plum, Cute Coral and Electric Blue.  Slips were circulated so that you could cheer for your very own snail and the shells were painted to match their owners racing colours:

Electric Blue                       Prefers a longer track, but consistent runner

Red Riding Hood              Favourite and odds were short

Bronze Beauty                  New shell recently, so form variable

Professor Plum                 Did well in recent running but new to this track

Shining Silver                    Good form but prefers outside races

White Cloud                       Rank outsider

Cute Coral                           The smallest of the bunch but packs a punch on race day

The race was closely followed by twenty one backers each cheering on their own runner.  An early leader soon broke ranks and the outsider White Cloud led all the way.  Bronze Beauty was doing well in a commanding second place, but then decided to turn tail and head back towards the starting blocks.  Two snails, Shining Silver and Electric Blue refused to budge, obviously far too full from their breakfast of asparagus leaves.  Second and third was a closely run race between Cute Coral and Red Riding Hood.  Red Riding Hood just about held onto second place and a photo finish was declared to confirm that Cute Coral did not pip Red Riding Hood at the line.

£50 was raised for McMillan.

Home of Compassion is dedicated to providing the highest level of residential, nursing and dementia care for up to 71 elderly residents. The luxurious care home is set in delightful surroundings in the heart of Thames Ditton, with beautiful views over the river. For more information about Home of Compassion and Caring Homes visit our website at


Home of Compassion

Home Manager

Avril Jones


58 High Street,
Thames Ditton,

0808 223 5406
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