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A packed local raffle proved the perfect way for a community shop manager in Emsworth to raise vital funds for a local cause.

Garry Farne, retail business manager for The Southern Co-operative store in Emsworth raised more than £2,000 for disabled children’s charity Whizz-Kidz by raffling an array of exclusive prizes including a glider trip across the Solent, afternoon tea for two at the Langstone Hotel in Hayling Island and tickets to Hampshire Cricket Club.

After drawing the lucky winners, Garry said: “The raffle has been a huge success and has formed a big part of the £3,500 that my store has raised in sponsorship of my London Marathon run for Whizz Kidz this month.

“A majority of the prizes were donated by local businesses, which truly shows the strong community spirt we have here in Emsworth and the surrounding area. Prize winners have been absolutely delighted with the news that they have won.”

Heather Ridley, Whizz-Kidz corporate account manager, said: “We are delighted to have Garry as part of Team Whizz-Kidz for the London Marathon 2016. This is a huge challenge to take on, and his support will make a big difference to our work in the local community. The funds he is raising could provide a specialist manual wheelchair for a local disabled child, giving them the freedom and independence they need to enjoy a fun, active childhood and reach their true potential.”

The charity transforms the lives of disabled children by providing the vital equipment, support and life skills they need, when they need them, giving them the chance to develop their full potential.

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The Directory Group covers the following areas within Hampshire and West Sussex: Petersfield, Clanfield, Hayling Island, Cowplain, Waterlooville, Denmead, Purbrook, Widley, Farlington, Cosham, Drayton, Havant, Rowlands Castle, Emsworth, Southbourne, Westbourne, Bosham, and Meon Valley