Wickham shopping lane raises £10,000 in change

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COLLECTING coins over a quarter of a century has raised £10,000 for a deaf children’s charity.

Bay Tree Walk shopping lane, in Wickham Square, Wickham, is celebrating its 25th birthday.

When the shopping precinct was taken over by manager David Roger-Jones, a water wheel coin collecting feature was installed.

Mr Roger-Jones also chose The Elizabeth Foundation – a pre-school for deaf children in the Portsmouth area – to benefit from funds raised.

And over the years £10,000 has been collected in loose change put into the feature.

On November 19, children from the foundation will be at the walk to join in birthday celebrations. Mr Roger-Jones said: ‘The water wheel has been here for more than 20 years, collecting small change from our visitors.

‘It’s amazing to see how the money adds up and the collection increased dramatically when we dedicated the proceeds to the foundation.

‘It’s difficult to visualise £10,000 in coins, but it goes to show every penny counts.’