From left, Martin Seal, of Duff Morgan, Simon Massen, Maarten Klem, Jeremy Trett, of Duff Morgan, Adam Whittle, of King’s Lynn Foodbank and Mark Stanford, YLP’s business development manager. Picture: Tony Jones

Businesses in West Norfolk have come together to donate a much-needed van to King’s Lynn Foodbank.

Following Your Local Paper’s Christmas campaign for festive donations, it was becoming increasingly difficult for food bank staff to collect items in their cars and the charity was trying to raise funds to buy a van.

YLP and North Lynn car dealership Duff Morgan teamed up to search for a suitable van to give to the food bank and were thrilled when building and property development company A.A. Massen traded in the perfect vehicle.

When directors Simon and Roger Massen learned of the plans to give the van to the food bank they decided to donate it.

Duff Morgan then paid for the van to be valeted and put it through its MOT and YLP will pay for the van to be sign written with the food bank’s logo and details.

King’s Lynn Foodbank co-ordinator Maarten Klem said: “We are overwhelmed by the generosity of Your Local Paper, Duff Morgan and A.A. Massen.

“This will give us the opportunity to streamline the collections from supermarkets as well as transferring stock from the warehouse to the food bank.

“We can fit three times as much stock into the van as we could into a car so it will save precious time and save costs.

“The sign writing will also create a better awareness in the community for the food bank project.”

Simon Massen said: “It’s a charity that I personally support. It’s good to be able to help.”

The food bank distributes three-day emergency food parcels to people who have been given a voucher from one of 120 local organisations, including schools, doctors’ surgeries, social services and housing associations.

YLP managing director Alan Taylor said: “When we put out our Christmas appeal for donations to the food bank the community did us proud as we knew they would.

“We were amazed by the work that the food bank do to help some of the most vulnerable in our community and we wanted to do what we could to make life a bit easier for them by finding them a van.”

Martin Seal, sales manager at Duff Morgan, said: “We wanted to help the homeless and to help local people put food on the table.”

The charity relies on donations and is appealing specifically for tinned fish, UHT milk, 750ml bottles of squash, sponge and rice puddings.

Donations can be taken to the charity’s headquarters in Austin Fields.

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