Charities get help through News’ stories

News reporter Chris Broom speaks to Helen Wheeler, shop manager for the Stubbington Ark shop in Fareham
News reporter Chris Broom speaks to Helen Wheeler, shop manager for the Stubbington Ark shop in Fareham
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FOR charities across the region, The News provides a vital way of letting people know about their work.

And Helen Wheeler, manager of the Stubbington Ark animal shelter’s only charity shop, has approached The News in the past when they’ve needed a hand.

She came along to Tesco in Fareham yesterday to speak to The News as part of Local Newspaper Week.

Helen said: ‘We get regular support from The News – it’s important to us.

The News is quite good for all local charities. You often see it promoting a lot of different charities.

‘There’s always a lot of different sorts of charities mentioned in the articles.’

The Ark, in Ranvilles Lane, Stubbington, needs to raise £1m a year to keep its doors open.

Keeping people aware of what it’s doing and fundraising events is crucial.

She added: ‘The News came and covered our shop opening and we’ve been doing very well ever since, but we always need your support.

‘There’s a lot of competition for charity shops in the high street and we’re always on the look-out for more donations – DVDs, good paperback books, small electrical items and summer clothing.

‘We also have a dog show in Sarisbury Green on June 16 that should be a great day.

‘And you also help us get important information out to people – for instance, with the weather suddenly turning so hot, people shouldn’t leave pets in cars, not even for a minute. Animals die in hot cars.’

Every day this week, a reporter from The News has been meeting our readers at supermarkets in North Harbour and Crasswell Street in Portsmouth, Whiteley and Havant.

This year the annual event has aimed to highlight how local newspapers are helping communities come together.

Other readers have spoken to our reporters about how the paper has helped raise awareness about local concerns, the importance of our annual campaigns – our most recent focused on foodbanks – and fighting for causes close to their hearts.