Some of the donations brought into the YLP office so far for our Winter Appeal.

Within minutes of Your Local Paper’s Winter Appeal being launched, we received our first donation.

Last Friday we launched the appeal for groceries, toiletries, Christmas items and financial donations for King’s Lynn Winter Night Shelter and King’s Lynn Foodbank.

That same day, Marcus Gunton, of Downham Market, dropped off three large boxes at our 29 King Street office in Lynn at 9.30am.

He told YLP he had been fostered as a child and wanted to give something back.

His generous donation included tinned food, long-life milk, biscuits, dried noodles, toothbrushes, toothpaste and sanitary products.

“I heard about the appeal and thought I better do something,” said Mr Gunton, who works at Gaswise on Lynn’s Horsley’s Fields.

“My brother and I were fostered as a child and it could have gone very differently for us. If it had, I don’t know where I would have been. 

Kind-hearted Marcus Gunton with some of the goodies for the food bank and winter night shelter.

“I’m doing okay so I wanted to give something back. I looked at the list of what was needed and stocked up my trolley.”

The food bank’s wish list includes every day essentials such as tinned fruit and vegetables, tinned meat and fish, instant coffee and tea bags, as well as festive items like Christmas crackers, stuffing mix, custard, chocolates, sweets and biscuits.

Toiletries including shower gel, toothbrushes, toothpaste and shampoo are also needed.

The night shelter has asked for Lego to keep guests occupied in the evenings and financial contributions to help with running costs. The charity needs to raise £50,000 by March next year to cover running costs, including rent, laundry and heating costs.

Cheques have also been brought into the office.

The night shelter opened this month and will be open seven nights a week until March. It offers a bed and a hot meal to those who need it and is open from 7pm to 9.30am.

In the last financial year, the food bank gave out 4,410 emergency three-day food parcels. 

Your Local Paper managing director Alan Taylor said: “We are overwhelmed with the response so far but there is still so much needed.

“Grateful thanks go to all of our readers for contributing much- needed donations, and special thanks to KL.FM who helped launch our campaign live on air which resulted in an immediate response from listeners.”

Donations can be brought to the YLP offices at 29 King Street in Lynn from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. Festive items need to be brought in by December 14.

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