Co-founder of town’s first charity shop honoured

June Romaine (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-150704-103051008
June Romaine (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-150704-103051008

The co-founder of a charity shop that has raised more than £500,000 for Crawley causes has been honoured .

June Romaine, 79, received a certificate and paper weight at a Full Council meeting at the Town Hall on Wednesday (April 1).

The great-grandmother has volunteered at Crawley Charity Shop in Worth Road, Pound Hill, for 35 years. It was the first charity shop in town.

June, of Priestcroft Close, Gossops Green, said: “It’s amazing.

“If you asked me when we started it up if we would get to this stage I would have said never.”

June and Raymond Ward opened the shop in the former Pound Hill Community Centre site.

June had recently moved to Crawley and was looking for a social outlet.

Following ‘numerous cups of tea and coffee’ the pair faced off local scepticism and created the shop’s constitution.

The shop, which is rented from the borough council, was destroyed by an arson attack in 1995.

June said she wrote to the council everyday until it decided to rebuild it 17 months later. The shop is run wholly by volunteers from nine Crawley charities. It raises around £35,000 per year for the volunteers’ charities.

June was looking forward to its annual July event where representatives from the charities receive their cheques.

She appealed for younger volunteers to join.