Lunch for the Purfleet Trust.

A charity for the homeless has received the best Christmas present with news that its future has been secured over the winter months.
Paula Hall, chief executive of the Purfleet Trust, King’s Lynn, said a London-based trust  had agreed to give £25,000 towards an estimated £50,000 shortfall needed to prevent the charity from closure over the winter.
Mrs Hall made the announcement during a festive lunch for more than 80 service users at the town’s King’s Centre on Thursday.
The money from the Tudor Trust, an independent grant-making organisation, and donations which followed a public appeal in October, means the charity has £60,000  to see it through to April, when other funding will be in place.
“This means we can carry on. We will always be in need of donations because of the nature of the work we do but it now means we have funding to March,” said Mrs Hall.
She thanked the community for rallying round.
“It has really made us feel so supported locally and valued within the community. We have managed to overcome this and will be able to give services to people where they are most needed. We have had the most incredible donations,” added Mrs Hall.
The festive lunch was attended by West Norfolk Mayor and Mayoress, Colin and Julie Manning.
It was sponsored by Buckingham Emergency Food Appeal, Fakenham business Hain Daniels provided desserts and 100 gift bags, Tracy Hutton of Middleton Steakhouse prepared the lunch and Charles and Caroline Barratt, of Norwich, donated money for gift vouchers for the clients.
The Wellesley Street hall was donated free of charge and students from King’s Lynn Academy served the food.  Service user Karen Scoles collected raffle prizes from local businesses which raised £210.