A BASINGSTOKE woman is holding a street fundraiser in aid of two town charities close to her heart.

Claire Watson, who lives on Amazon Close, is hosting the event on Saturday (August 28) from 11am until 2pm.

There will be a variety of stalls on the street, including a bake sale, as well as pop-up shops from local businesses which will donate 70 per cent of the proceeds to the charities.

There will also be face painting, a tombola and a variety of games to play.

Claire told the Gazette: “Over the past couple of years, I’ve gone through a lot. I’m a kind and caring person, I've had hard times and want to give something back.”

The 32-year-old nursery nurse added that she has needed help with food supplies in the past, which prompted her to support the Basingstoke Food Bank.

The second charity she chose was Basingstoke Women’s Refuge.

“The food bank is volunteer-run with some kind, caring people,” she said.

“In lockdown, they arranged for food parcels to be delivered and gave you a phone call to see how you are.

“Women's refuge is close to my heart as it's a place of safety for those who need it in desperate times.”

She continued: “Local charities need our support.

“I hope these donations help someone and give them a smile back, thinking there are people who support others.”