HUNDREDS of people’s lives have been saved thanks to the tireless fundraising of just one woman.
And Lynne Caine, from Bryony Way, Waterlooville, was honoured yesterday for her work with the emergency doctors charity Basics Hampshire.
In 30 years she has raised more than £1m for lifesaving equipment.
The 68-year-old was one of 10 people from across Hampshire presented with the British Empire Medal by the Queen’s representative Dame Mary Fagan.
Dame Mary is also a patron of Basics Hampshire, which provides equipment for doctors who volunteer their time to attend emergencies out on the roads.
Basics chairman Dr Howard Simpson said everyone at the charity was thrilled with Lynne’s award.
‘Her fundraising has effectively given volunteer emergency doctors the cars to get to incidents and the kit to work with,’ said Dr Simpson.
‘Not only did she teach herself fundraising but she’s been a major driving force for over 30 years.
‘And the hundreds of talks she’s given throughout Hampshire have been critical in raising our profile.
‘Lynne is quite simply stupendous and utterly worthy of her magnificent medal. We hope we get to see it at the next committee meeting.’
Lynne was inspired to help the charity when a friend attended a talk about it back in the 1980s.
She began selling tuck at low prices at the telephone exchange of Portsmouth Dockyard where she worked.
Then she went on to open a charity shop selling second-hand items in Havant.
Lynne said: ‘It is wonderful to know Basics thought that much of me they nominated me.
‘I would like to thank everybody who supported us over the years. If it wasn’t for them we would not be able to do the fundraising that we have done.
It’s amazing to have been given the medal. I just wish everyone at Basics could be given one.’