Charity stalwart hits £20,000 for the Rocky Appeal

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AN HEROIC fundraiser has been honoured by a charity for raising £20,000.

Julie Scarborough was presented with her 20th Rocky Appeal shield at her home during one of the monthly sales she holds there.

LANDMARK Rocky Appeal co-ordinator Mick Lyons presents Julie Scarborough with her 20th Rocky Appeal shield for her fundraising. Picture: Allan Hutchings (131830-733)

LANDMARK Rocky Appeal co-ordinator Mick Lyons presents Julie Scarborough with her 20th Rocky Appeal shield for her fundraising. Picture: Allan Hutchings (131830-733)

The sales, which take place on the last Saturday of every month, transform the 78-year-old’s house in The Crest in Widley, into a charity shop.

The Rocky Appeal, which raises money to provide life-saving equipment at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham gives a shield to fundraisers every time they hit £1,000.

Julie, a self-confessed eccentric, lives in a home piled high with goodies donated to sell for the charity – from adults and kids’ clothes, to ornaments, jewellery, and even chilli jams made by her son Mark.

And as you walk in to her home, she has the previous 19 shields in pride of place, arranged around one of the doorways.

But Julie said she has no plans to quit now, and added: ‘I’ve got lots of lovely friends who come and help, and we always wanted to reach 20 shields, and now we’ve done it.

‘But you don’t really do it for the shields, you do it because you want to help.

‘The good thing about doing this sort of thing is helping the charity, and I think it also helps the people who come along to them – I have my regulars.’

Besides the sales, Julie has also hosted dozens of events over the years for other good causes, including The Rowans Hospice and Naomi House.

Mick Lyons, the Rocky Appeal’s co-ordinator, has known Julie for more than a decade and was there to present her with the shield.

He said: ‘She will now have 20 of these plaques, which means she’s raised 20,000 smackers for us.

‘I don’t know anyone else in the whole of the south-east of Hampshire who has that many.

‘Some have one, some have two, but to get 20, you have got to be really unique to do that.’

The Rocky Appeal is currently raising £3m for a state-of-the-art digital keyhole surgery theatre. For more information call Mick on (023) 9228 6487, or email mick.lyons@porthosp.nhs.uk

Julie’s next home sale is set for July 27.