Former Pompey player cuts ribbon to hospice shop

OPENING Steve Claridge and Tina Bloomer
OPENING Steve Claridge and Tina Bloomer

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EX-POMPEY player and manager Steve Claridge cut the official ribbon to open a new charity shop and invite shoppers in to bag a bargain.

Mr Claridge, who is a presenter on the BBC’s Final Score and The Football League Show, opened the new Naomi House children’s hospice store in Leigh Park.

Speaking about the importance of the shop, which raises funds to care for terminally-ill youngsters, he said: ‘Shopping at the new Naomi House store in Leigh Park gives customers the opportunity to help the children and young adults who use the hospice.

‘I am delighted to lend the charity my support.’

Mr Claridge welcomed customers into the new shop and also drew a raffle on the day.

Tina Bloomer, the shop manager, said: ‘It is great that Steve has popped in to meet us and show his support for the local children’s charity.’

Naomi House’s charity shops rely on donated goods and volunteers to help run them.

Anyone from Leigh Park who would like to help at the shop can visit it in the Greywell Centre. Volunteers can help by sorting clothes, arranging stock displays, working on the tills and taking deliveries and donations.