New shop is life-saver for medics’ charity

BACK From left, Eve Perry, 68, Tony Smith, 57, from Angel Radio, Lynne Caine, 65, and Jenny Vincent, 63.    Picture: Malcolm Wells (110995-6525)
BACK From left, Eve Perry, 68, Tony Smith, 57, from Angel Radio, Lynne Caine, 65, and Jenny Vincent, 63. Picture: Malcolm Wells (110995-6525)

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A LIFE-SAVING charity that was made homeless is finally back in business.

For 14 months Basics Hampshire, which puts doctors on the road to help accident victims, has been without a charity shop.

It was evicted from its only store in Havant just before Christmas in 2009 as St Faith’s Church – which owned the premises in The Pallant – wanted to concentrate on its own charity shop.

Now, after losing £9,000 in funds, charity shop staff are breathing a sigh of relief.

Tony Smith, manager at Havant-based Angel Radio, has let them set up shop at a property he owns in North Street Arcade, Havant.

As before, the shop will open for three weeks at a time, several times a year, to raise as much money as possible for the charity.

Lynne Caine, fundraising co-ordinator, said: ‘It’s absolutely wonderful – it really is.

‘We are so grateful to Tony at Angel Radio for allowing us to use the shop. We have been walking round with big smiles on our faces.

‘We are so grateful to have somewhere to go.’

Every year the Basics team, which is made up of hospital doctors, GPs and a nurse, are called out to almost 2,000 emergencies in the county.

These include road accidents, industrial incidents and sports events.

The doctors can anaesthetise patients and provide a wider range of drugs than paramedics.

Mrs Caine added: ‘Without the fundraising, we would not have any funds for Hampshire.

‘This is a life-saver.’

As well as Mrs Caine, the shop is run by volunteers Jenny Vincent and Eve Perry.

Mrs Vincent said: ‘Every single penny goes to charity.

‘It’s just us three – and our husbands help us, too!

‘We wash and iron everything.

‘We store it and set up the shop.’

Tony Smith, manager at Angel Radio, added: ‘The whole ethos at Angel Radio is if we can help, we do.

‘Luckily we have been able to on this occasion.’

Mr Smith commended the work of the charity.

‘It’s fantastic,’ he added. ‘I am so surprised that it’s not the NHS paying for such a valuable service.’

The shop will be open until March 26.