The Camberley family who rescued mum at Camp Bestival after high winds tore through their tent

A selfless Surrey grandmother and her family rescued a mum at a festival after her tent was battered by an overnight storm.

Sandra Lipscombe, from Camberley, was at Dorset’s Camp Bestival from Thursday July 29 at the same time the South West of England was hit by strong winds from Storm Evert.

Sandra described the Thursday evening wind as “awful” and she got up early in the morning to dismantle a gazebo that was not surviving the bad weather.

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The next morning was quiet by comparison, but Sandra overheard her camping neighbors, a mother and her two daughters, saying they should leave before their first full day even started.

Sandra said: “This lady next door came and said ‘do you want my food because my tent is ruined, I’m going to have to go home? “.”

Clare Cunningham, of Frome in Somerset, told the BBC: “A tent pole broke and tore the canvas, rendering our tent completely unusable.

“We were pretty devastated and we hadn’t slept that night either.”

But Sandra was not going to let the family leave without offering one of her tents as a replacement.

“They would have missed it all. She was so upset about it, but we as a family are what we do. We like to treat others like we like to be treated ourselves,” Sandra said.

She added that Clare’s family was “delightful” and the couple have swapped numbers accordingly and even plan to go to Camp Bestival together next year.

Claire told the BBC: “But by the time we got back to where our tent was, the family next to us had actually rearranged all their sleeping arrangements and made an entire tent available to us – it was pretty amazing.

“We really couldn’t have gone on with the festival and we couldn’t believe how nice these people were.

Sandra was at the event, where FatBoy Slim, Groove Armada and Friendly Fires played, with over 20 others camping out in tents and trailers.

The weather has not dampened their morale. “Everyone was so happy to be out, even the performers on stage felt emotional about performing live again,” she added.

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Jan G. Gilbert