Shopkeeper’s charity drive

A HADLEIGH woman helped send a huge container of donated items to Albania on Monday.

Barbara Boyd, who runs Hadleigh Thrift Shop, spent months collecting toys, clothing and school equipment to send to those in need.

Mrs Boyd, 78, said: “The container is 40 feet long and also has scanners, incubators and wheelchairs to give to hospitals, which are desperate for them.

“There are boxes and boxes going over – it took four hours just to pack the container.”

Mrs Boyd became involved with the campaign in 1996 when she met Christine Debenham, who works for Bury St Edmunds charity Aid to Hospitals Worldwide, which recycles NHS equipment for use in deprived countries.

She was helped in her latest effort by Linda Pemberton, who runs Leiston Charity Shop.

The pair will fly out today with four others to help distribute the care package and assist the operation.

Hadleigh Thrift Shop also aims to help those closer to home.

Mrs Boyd said: “We have 21 people who work so hard at the shop and it has gone from strength to strength.

“The majority of money from the shop goes to local causes, which is also important.”