Wendy Jarvis, business administrator at Endurance Care, and April Harvey, with the filled stockings. Picture: Paul Tibbs

Cash, food and festive groceries have been flooding into our Winter Appeal to help those less fortunate in our community.

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

Our generous readers responded immediately and the donations continue to arrive at our office in King Street, Lynn.

More than £600 has been brought in for the night shelter. Co-ordinator Lucy McKitterick said: “People are so kind. Thank you to everyone who has donated – you never know what people have sacrificed to donate.”

One reader donated their winter fuel allowance to the night shelter, while another donated a Christmas tree.

Staff and service users at Endurance Care in King’s Lynn, which works with adults with learning difficulties, have filled socks with toiletries, underwear  and snacks donated by the National Care Group and made these into gifts for guests at the night shelter.

Business administrator Wendy Jarvis said: “The service users enjoyed doing it. We explained what we were doing and how it would help other people. 

“They thought it was a really good idea. 

“It’s something we will continue to do throughout the year.”

Milk, fresh bread, fruit and vegetables can also be taken directly to the night shelter at St Ann’s Fort from 7am to 9.30am and 7pm to 9.30pm, seven days a week.

The charity needs to raise £50,000 by March next year to cover running costs, including rent, laundry and heating costs.

Donations of Lego to keep guests occupied in the evenings are also needed but no more bedding is needed thanks to generous donations.

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

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

Donations can be brought to the YLP office at 29 King Street in King’s Lynn Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. 

Festive items need to be brought to us by Friday, December 14.

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