Helping families in Fleet and the surrounding areas

Since 1995 we have helped over 20,000 families - in the course of which we have redistributed some 9,000 beds, 3,600 tables, 8,000 chairs, 5,600 chests of drawers, 2,800 wardrobes, 1,100 washing machines, 7,000 sets of bedding, 5,660 bags of clothing and other household items too numerous to list here. All in all between 1995 and the end of 2008 we redistributed a total of 59,700 items.

The Store is operated entirely by volunteers with the valued support of local Lions Clubs.  The majority of the people we help are in Hart and Rushmoor, with lesser numbers in Farnham, Yateley, Hook, Odiham and other adjoining areas.

Since the onset of the current financial crisis, referrals for our services have reached record levels, whilst at the same time donations have declined somewhat.  Please note that, unlike many local charity shops and other similar enterprises, we do not sell any of the items donated to us. Everything is distributed free, although we do have a make a minimal delivery charge to cover our fuel costs.

 

Honour for Store Manager Beverley

Beverley receives MBE from the QueenSince the Store was established in 1995, its successful operation has been entirely dependant on the management skills and extraordinary dedication of Manager  Beverley Allardice.  In recognition of this outstanding contribution to the local community Beverley was appointed MBE in 2002.  A very well deserved accolade.

In December 2008, Fleet Lions honoured Beverley with a Melvyn Jones Fellowship, Lions highest award as instituted by Lions founder Melvyn Jones. 

This award recognised Beverley's extraordinary ongoing contribution to the Lion's principle of community service by running the Fleet Community Store for over 30 years, for the last 14 of which it has been a Lions project.

 

Supported by local Lions Clubs