Forces mums step back in time for heroes

VINTAGE Jacqui Unal, left, and Pauline Davey preparing for the party. Picture: Sarah Standing (131782-361)
VINTAGE Jacqui Unal, left, and Pauline Davey preparing for the party. Picture: Sarah Standing (131782-361)
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TWO mums with children in the army have got together to raise money for forces personnel with a blast from the past.

Both Pauline Davey and Jacqui Unal’s children have served in Afghanistan during their careers.

Now Jacqui is turning her shop, Havant Weight Loss and Beauty, in West Street, Havant, into a 1940s wartime-style tea room, complete with original artefacts, music and outfits.

People can pop in to the shop and tuck into a delicious cake and proper tea from a teapot on Saturday, Armed Forces Day, and Sunday.

All the ladies are asking for is a donation which will go to Help for Heroes.

Jacqui, 48, said: ‘My daughter Paige Mills is 19 and is in the Royal Artillery.

‘She is based in Germany now but she’s already been to Afghanistan.

‘Nothing can describe how you feel when your child is over there.

‘Every time you hear of something happening you automatically think they’re involved – until you get the telephone call saying they’re safe.

‘My son Sonny Wells was in the army and he was paralysed when he dived off the pier.

‘I can empathise with the forces mothers whose sons and daughters come home horrifically injured.

‘Those brave people should be recognised every single day.

‘We were talking about it and thought this place would lend itself really well to a quaint vintage tea room.’

Angel Radio has provided the music for the event and Sabre Sales, based in Castle Road, Southsea, has provided the costumes and props.

Pauline, 44, from Havant, said: ‘My son Jay Jay is in the Royal Signals and we struggled for a long time to get him into the army because he is autistic.

‘He finally got in last year and we were so proud to see him pass out in Blandford, Dorset.

‘Armed Forces Day gets to you much more if you’re a forces mum.’

Pauline is a regular Help for Heroes fundraiser and will be doing a collection outside of Asda, in Bedhampton, over the weekend of July 6 and 7.

The tea room will be at 66 West Street, from 9am to 4pm on Saturday and 10am to 4pm on Sunday.