‘It came as such a surprise’ says tireless fundraiser Lynne

Lynne Caine from Basics Hampshire
Lynne Caine from Basics Hampshire

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IN 24 years she has never been paid a penny and even forks out her own money for leaflets.

But after raising thousands of pounds to help save lives in Hampshire, Lynne Caine was a very deserving recipient of the British Empire Medal.

The 67-year-old, of Bryony Way, Waterlooville, is the long-serving fundraising co-ordinator for Basics Hampshire, which pays for trained doctors to attend major incidents such as car crashes.

Lynne started her fundraising in 1989 with a small shop at Portsmouth Dockyard, where she worked as a telephonist.

She said: ‘It’s wonderful – it was such a surprise.

‘It’s for the charity at the end of the day, that’s what it’s all about.’

Jane Hunt, from Cowplain, was awarded the OBE for services to taxpayers with disabilities.

And fundraising stalwart Julie Scarborough, who opens up her house in Widley for jumble sales, was awarded the British Empire Medal.

She has raised thousands to pay for hospital equipment through the Rocky Appeal. Mick Lyons, appeal co-ordinator, said: ‘I’m delighted for her.’