Julie’s jumble sales go out with a bang in memory of her son

Julie Scarborough
Julie Scarborough
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IT’S the end of a fundraising era as kindhearted Julie Scarborough held the last jumble sale at her bungalow.

Trinkets, clothes and bargain books were just some of the goods on offer at discounted prices at her home in The Crest, Widley.

Everyone was extremely nice. They were happy people and we made about £300

Julie Scarborough

The 79-year-old has held numerous fundraisers for many different charities for the past two decades, but Saturday’s sale was extra special as it was in memory of her son David who died from cancer on December 30.

Julie said: ‘We had about 80 people come along which was good.

‘Everyone was extremely nice. They were happy people and we made about £300.’

All the items at her bungalow have been donated over the years as she is well-known for her sales – she was even made an MBE for her work.

Julie has raised thousands for The Rocky Appeal and Naomi House Children’s Hospice, however this time the money raised was for Cancer Research UK.

Her son David, who grew up in the Waterlooville area and went to Highbury College, had battled with the disease for four years. The family spent Christmas together when he started to feel unwell on Boxing Day.

By December 29, Julie had returned home when she received a call saying David, aged 46, had just one hour to live and she rushed to his bedside.

She said: ‘We got there just in time to say goodbye. I still keep crying and this feeling comes over me.

‘At the charity sale I had photos of David around the place and I put up the 115 sympathy cards I received.

‘At the moment I want to fundraise just for Cancer Research in memory of my son and so far I’ve raised more than £1,200.’

Friends rallied round to make the last jumble sale a success.

Karen Brain, 52, of Copnor Road, pitched in and helped, despite undergoing treatment for cancer herself.

Mrs Brain, a cleaner, said she was inspired and touched by Julie’s dedication.

‘There was a really good turnout,’ she said.

‘At times people were squeezing past one another.

‘I hoped Julie would get a lot of support, which she did. She is amazing.’

The remaining jumble items will now be sorted, with bags taken to the Salvation Army.

But this is not the end of her fundraising, as the grandmother-of-15 is already planning charity coffee mornings at her house.

And the selfless fundraiser has asked for cash instead of presents for her upcoming 80th birthday in March.

To get in touch, write to 9 The Crest, Widley, Waterlooville, PO7 5DG.