ABINGDON’S ‘last’ Yeah Baby festival took place on Saturday, after a decade of fundraising for three charities.

But organisers hinted it might not be a final goodbye for the event, which was begun in memory of youngster Amber Phillpott and has raised around £75,000 and counting for Oxford hospice Helen & Douglas House, the Amber Phillpott Trust, and Ronald McDonald House - the Oxford Children’s Hospital’s overnight facility for parents of sick children.

Abingdon toddler Amber died from Acute Myeloid Leukaemia at just 18 months old.

Around 1,500 attended Saturday’s event at Abingdon market place, and while a final total is yet to be counted, organisers think they have raised a further £12,000 to £13,000, with donations still arriving.

The town centre was taken over with live music, a barbecue, cake stand, sweetshop, toy tombola, balloon race, face painting, henna and stalls from the fire service and a local brewery.

Author Tom Moorhouse had a stand nearby and Oxfordshire musician Nick Cope was among those entertaining revellers.

Organiser James Phillpott, Amber’s father, suggested the festival could return in a new format at some stage.

He added: “It’s been a brilliant 10 years – the folk in Abingdon have been so generous.

“It has been great to see friendships made and a great community spirit.”

Andy Boon, whose son nine-year-old son Archie’s heart condition also helped inspire the event, said it was ‘more a break than the end in my view'.

Mr Boon continued: “I think we have reached the pinnacle of what we can expect from it. It just shows that a group of friends can come together and organise something and raise money. It’s just lovely really - that’s the only way to describe it.”

Leon Turner, a 37-year-old organiser from Abingdon, said: “It’s a festival that has been close to our hearts for 10 years so it is with a bit of sadness that we are bowing out.

“There is a good sense of community - lots of good vibes, even when the weather is not as good as today.”

Donators can text BABY to 70456 for a month.