Leprosy Mission to take over Havant charity shop

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A CHARITY which helps leprosy sufferers across the world has been given its own shop for three days.

The Leprosy Mission will take over 4 North Street Arcade, in Havant, from Thursday to Saturday where collectables such as stamps, postcards, coins and cigarette cards will be sold.

Co-ordinator Phil Jarman has been working for the charity for nearly 30 years and has seen first-hand the suffering that still goes on in places such as Sri Lanka, India, Nepal and Uganda.

Mr Jarman, from Clanfield, said: ‘A lot of people don’t realise that leprosy is still a problem but there are three million people who have the disease.

‘But it is completely treatable with multi-drug therapy and can be cured within six months as long as it’s caught in the early stages.’

The shop is owned by Angel Radio and the company lets it out to different charities to help with fundraising.

Mr Jarman said: ‘We are so grateful to Tony Smith from Angel Radio for giving us this wonderful opportunity to raise awareness and funds.’