From left: Alan Hayes, Helga Parsons, Pippa May, Kay Amos and Tony Parsons. Picture: Paul TIbbs

Members of a King’s Lynn-based charity have been bowled over with a recent donation.

West Norfolk Befriending has received £150 from West Newton Carpet Bowls Club.

The bowlers made the organisation its charity of the year.

Pippa May, Befriending manager, said the donation would go towards social events which help to get people out of their homes and away from isolation.

“Many people don’t have the chance to leave their homes,” said Mrs May, who added the money would help to pay for transport to these events.

The charity,  based at Thoresby College, in Queen Street, is  also looking for more volunteer befrienders, particularly men.

Mrs May explained the charity has a number of referrals which need male volunteers.

“We try to match men with men. We welcome volunteers of all ages,” said Mrs May.

“It is taking the outside world into homes. Many older people don’t leave their homes.”

Befrienders are from all walks of life and provide a link with the outside world and social contact, whether it is just having a chat or trips out.

In return, volunteers get the chance to meet new people and know they are  making a real difference to someone’s quality of life.

If you can help, call 01553 763500 or see the website: