At the end of the book, when the village is beginning to emerge from the aftermath of the storm, Tamzin, Lindsey and Diccon are given the task of going to Hastings and buying toys for the children of the victims of the flood. Donations have been flooding in, and there is £50 specially for present buying.
It's a wonderful scene, beautifully illustrated by Geoffrey Whittam:
"The whole place was lavishly decorated for Christmas, with paper-chains, holly, mistletoe and ivy, and silver bells. Down at the far end was a towering frosted Christmas tree, as hung with toys and baubles as the holly was with scarlet berries. Everywhere you looked were toys, and more toys....The colour of them all together was so uproarious that it almost shouted at you, and Tamzin and Lindsey stood in the doorway with Diccon for a brief half-minute to get accustomed to the dazzle and the riot. Then Diccon bolted down the room. He had seen the grand display of electric trains...
"Well!" said Tamzin, coming to earth next. "Perhaps we'd better find an assistant and make a start somewhere. Though where on earth to start in all this-"