The opening of a new shop in Southwater marked a major milestone in the fundraising campaign for children with cerebral palsy.
The Dame Vera Lynn Trust - which runs the School for Parents of children with cerebral palsy at Five Oaks - opened its first charity shop at the Old Post Office in Worthing Road.
Although Dame Vera was unable to attend, her daughter Virginia Lewis-Jones represented her and cut the official ribbon.
She said: “It’s absolutely fantastic.
“It’s something we’ve thought about for a long time but not actually got round to doing or found the appropriate place really so we’re hoping people will come and buy as much as possible.
“I think it’s important to have it somewhere in the vicinity of the school so people are aware of it and what it does.
“As it’s only about ten minutes from the school so it’s an extremely good location to start with.
“It’s a great new adventure and let’s hope for many more.”
Also present was the chairman of the trust Peter Sutton along with key members of the team.
Editor In Chief of the County Times Gary Shipton, whose family are involved in the work of the school, was invited to make a short speech to mark the occasion. He praised the ‘amazing’ work of the School for Parents and said the new shop was significant for two reasons.
“Not only is it the beginning of a major new source of fundraising - especially as more shops are opened - but it will help to raise awareness of the trust and the wonderful work it does.”
Donated items and help are being sought. If you would like to volunteer please contact the trust office on 01403 780444 or the shop 01403 734441 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org for a volunteer pack.