King’s Lynn Foodbank volunteers at their thank you party. Picture: Paul Tibbs

Volunteers at King’s Lynn Foodbank gathered at the town’s Bank House on Monday for a Christmas celebration.

Around 30 volunteers enjoyed tea and cake as a thank you for their efforts.

Food bank co-ordinator Maarten Klem said: “Our volunteers give thousands of hours of their time to feed the hungry. We couldn’t do what we do without them and we are thankful for their continuing support.”

The food bank is particularly busy at this time of year and has seen a large increase in donations following the Your Local Paper Winter Appeal. 

We are asking readers to help those less fortunate in our community by donating groceries, toiletries, festive items and financial donations for King’s Lynn Winter Night Shelter and the food bank. 

Mr Klem said: “We are so grateful to Your Local Paper for organising the appeal and raising so much awareness of the food bank in the community.” Around £750 has been donated to the night shelter towards running costs.  

Today (Friday) is the last day to drop off festive items for the appeal, including nuts, crackers and Christmas biscuits  but we will continue to collect every day groceries and toiletries throughout the winter.

You can still bring your donations to YLP at 29 King Street, King’s Lynn, from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Cheques for the night shelter should be made payable to King’s Lynn Winter Night Shelter.

Mr Klem added  donations had also been boosted by a social media challenge where people filled a trolley of goods for the food bank and nominated friends to do the same. He said around 10 trolley loads had been donated in Lynn as part of the challenge.