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Wombles author’s daughter makes use of toys left behind

Inspired
the series:
Kate
Robertson
with some
of the toys
PICTURE: TONY KERSHAW/SWNS

THE daughter of Wombles author Elisabeth Beresford has donated her mother’s memorabilia and toys to charity — reusing them like the furry creatures did with their finds.

Kate Robertson was a girl when she mispronounced ‘Wimbledon’ as ‘Wombledon’ during a walk with her mother on the common there, inspiring the children’s favourites who appeared in books, a hit 1970s TV show and a chart-topping song.

Made her home: Wombles creator Elisabeth Beresford on Alderney PICTURE: EMMA PINCH/SWNS

Ms Beresford, who died in 2010 aged 84, left a large collection of Womble toys — many of them handmade and sent to her by fans.

They have now been donated to Cancer Research’s branch on Channel island Alderney, where the writer lived for more than 30 years.

Ms Robertson, of Horsham, West Sussex, said: ‘It feels wonderful because I love the Wombles and so does every one else I think. It was a wonderful invention and mum was so ahead of herself in terms of recycling.’

The toys are currently on display at Alderney Museum.