A SIGNED prop from Ammonite went under the hammer at a charity auction, helping to raise much-needed funds for a vital cancer support service.

A charity auction held at the weekend has raised more than £ 3,800 to provide services and support for those in the Axminster and Lyme Regis area affected by cancer.

More than 50 people attended the event, organised by Axminster and Lyme Regis Cancer Support, which was hosted at the Lyme Regis Golf Club and featured local TV auctioneer, Graham Barton.

Those who attended bid on more than 45 lots of items, a diverse range from ice cream and cakes to an iPad and a holiday in Scotland.

The auction also featured a special donation from the makers of Ammonite, which is being filmed in Lyme. Director, Francis Lee, has promised a special prop from the film, signed by major stars involved in the production.

Charity founder and event organiser, Mary Kahn, said: “I am amazed at the generosity of those attending and those who very kindly promised services or made donations for us to sell to raise this money. A special 'thank you' to Graham Barton he made the evening fun and humorous. Thanks also to Duncan Driver at the golf club.

"This is our largest single amount raised and allows us to continue to provide much needed services locally, to those affected by any cancer. Thank you to everyone who made the evening such a success."

Axminster and Lyme Regis Cancer Support launched six months ago to provide support and services to anyone affected by any cancer.

It provides a weekly drop-in service, alternating between the two towns, providing additional services from registered therapists as well as one-off events, like the Blokes Bruch recently held in Lyme.

To contact the charity or find out more information on their services, or to make a donation, visit axminsterandlymecancersupport.co.uk or email admin@axminsterandlymecancersupport.co.uk