Lucy Shaw receives the coats from Becky Nichols, of V&J Knitwear (centre) and Matthew Stevenson, of Clockwash laundrette. Picture: Paul Tibbs

More than 40 homeless people are facing a warmer winter thanks to the generosity of two West Norfolk businesses.

Two months ago, V&J Knitwear, of King’s Lynn, was raided. Thieves dumped a number of winter jackets in a ditch behind the Harwick Narrows Industrial Estate premises before escaping with thousands of pounds worth of stock.

The muddied jackets have been cleaned free of charge by Clockwash laundrette at Gaywood and donated to the Purfleet Trust in Lynn, a charity which supports the homeless.

Owner of V&J Knitwear, Sharon Coleman, said: “It is good that something positive has come out of the ordeal of the break-in.

“This would not have been possible without the generosity of Matthew Stevenson at Clockwash who very kindly laundered them for free.”

The jackets were presented to the trust in time for Christmas.

Lucy Shaw, health and wellbeing manager for the St Ann’s Fort-based charity, said receiving the jackets was “absolutely terrific”.

“They are an absolute godsend in helping to keep clients warm with this cold weather,” she said. “A huge thanks to those involved and it is nice that something good has come out of something bad.”