TV and radio personality pays a visit to Pagham

TV AND radio personality Tommy Boyd has officially opened a unique charity’s first shop in Pagham.

Tommy performed the ceremony at Chichester-based The Point’s only retail outlet.

It is located on The Parade and has quickly become a favourite with residents happy to help Scope West Sussex raise the £800 a day it needs to fund its activities.

Tommy, who found fame on children’s television show Magpie, told the crowd of about 100 who gathered outside the shop last Friday: “It is a real honour to be asked to do this.

“As you know, people are not at all special just because they have been on the telly.

“The special people on this planet are the kind of people who are gathered here now.

“Can I thank everybody who is touched by Scope however and in what way and ask them to keep up the good work?”

The shop began trading in mid-December. Scope West Sussex centre manager John Watson said the independent charity was the only one in the county which helped physically handicapped adults aged 17-45. Most live around Bognor Regis and Chichester.

Money raised by the shop will go towards the charity’s capital purchases such as adapted minibuses at £35,000 each and computer equipment.

The Point, based in Little Breach, offers clients various leisure opportunities to enable them to have some fun.

The shop is managed by Lin Stone and staffed by nine volunteers.