Charity needs a dozen volunteers to man new Fareham shop

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A CHARITY is calling for volunteers as it prepares to open a charity shop in Fareham town centre.

The Rainbow Centre in Palmerston Drive, Fareham, works with children with cerebral palsy and adults who have had a stroke or are suffering from MS or Parkinson’s disease.

The charity needs to find a dozen volunteers if it is to open a new charity shop on West Street before Christmas.

Helen Somerset How, Rainbow Centre founder, said: ‘We are really happy to open a shop in Fareham.

‘We are a Fareham-based charity and we have a lot of support here.

‘We would really like some of these people to get involved and volunteer.’

The Rainbow Centre used to have a shop in Fareham about seven years ago.

It currently has two other shops – one in Milton and one in Southampton.

Lynne Morgan, 34, from Portchester has been volunteering for the charity since the start of the year.

She was inspired to give her time after her niece used the centre.

She said: ‘Volunteering is very rewarding. You only have to visit the centre to see the difference it makes.’

Other local businesses have been donating their time and equipment to help set the shop up.

Premier Interior Systems, from Fareham, donated all the shop fittings. Tills4Cash, from Southampton, donated a till worth £200.

Brothers, Anthony and Shane Ellis, from LoveSigns in Farlington, have been helping the charity with its signs. They also worked for two days in the shop to help fit it out.

Anthony, 32, said: ‘Volunteering makes you feel a lot better about yourself.

‘Any spare time we have we thought we would come down and help out. It’s better than sitting on the sofa doing nothing.’

Mrs Somerset How appealed for volunteers, saying: ‘Don’t sit at home, come and help us. Do something meaningful with your time and help your community.’

The shop needs volunteers who can commit to at least of couple of hours a week.

Pick up an application form from the shop at 118 West Street, Fareham or call the Rainbow Centre on (01329) 289 500.