Charities come together at Portsmouth school’s big free fair

STOCKS Alex Cleverly, 14, gets a soaking from Michael West, 15. Pictures: Steve Reid (122250-772)
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YOUNGSTERS invited nearly 100 charities to hold a community fair at their school to raise money.

Admiral Lord Nelson School in Dundas Lane, Copnor, gave up the use of its school field to various organisations from around the area at the weekend.

FUN Jenny Vincent and Lynne Caine. (122250-784)

FUN Jenny Vincent and Lynne Caine. (122250-784)

The idea was for charities to come together to raise awareness of their causes and give families a good day out.

Organiser Jan Andrews, of the school’s Parent Student Staff Association, said: ‘It’s a way to give something back to the community.

‘Last year we had 47 stalls and this year it is about 94 so we have doubled the number.

‘Charities can come along and raise some money or just raise awareness of their cause.

‘Everybody enjoyed themselves because there is something for everybody and we had more than 500 people come through.’

The Stamshaw Flashettes, a baton twirling team based at the Stamshaw and Tipner Community Centre, put on routines for visitors to enjoy on Saturday.

People could also have a go at being put in the stocks and soaked with water.

Dave Oxford, from the Portsmouth Lions Club, was there with other volunteers to raise awareness of his group on the day.

He said: ‘The idea is to promote the Lions as much as possible.

‘The Lions have been around in Portsmouth for over 50 years and we do a lot of things with young people.

‘The idea to have this event is brilliant and I hope it carries on getting bigger.’

Lynne Caine is the fundraising officer for Basics Hampshire.

Lynne said: ‘It’s a good idea to have this event because it means people can find out more about what we do.

‘It’s been a wonderful day.’

Basics is a charity made up of medical professions who attend emergency calls in their spare time.