The homeless and hungry of West Norfolk had a happier Christmas thanks to the kindness of Your Local Paper readers.

Through the Winter Appeal, King’s Lynn Winter Night Shelter and King’s Lynn Foodbank have been inundated with donations which have helped those who need it most in our community.

And although Christmas is over, we will continue to act as a collection point for both charities throughout the winter months.

YLP managing director Alan Taylor said: “Although we expected a great response, we have been overwhelmed by the daily deliveries of goods for both charities.

“Those who have contributed have made such a massive difference and our thanks go to you all.”

The paper has been inundated with donations of food and Christmas items for both charities and more than £1,000 has been donated to the night shelter, which provides a bed and a hot meal to people who would otherwise be on the streets.

Lucy McKitterick, night shelter co-ordinator, said: “People have been so kind, it’s amazing. Our guests have really appreciated knowing how many people in Lynn have taken an interest in them.

“One guest said it brought tears to his eyes to read about how many people were giving things to us. It’s people’s interest, care and concern that matters.”

Maarten Klem, King’s Lynn Foodbank co-ordinator, said: “Our heartfelt thanks to everyone who has given to the winter appeal. 

“We are inundated with food which is fantastic because we are already seeing the implications of the introduction of Universal Credit in Lynn. 

“All of the food donated will go to Lynn people in need.

“Due to your generosity we have been able to give some nice Christmas extras that most of us take to granted for those who wouldn’t otherwise have had them.”

YLP is still welcoming donations of long-life fruit juice, UHT milk and tinned meat, fish and puddings for the food bank in the office at 29 King Street, from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

The night shelter is asking that people continue to support it with financial donations towards the £43,000 it needs to raise for its running costs by the end of March.

It would also still like to receive regular donations of fresh milk, bread, fruit and vegetables which can be taken directly to its St Ann’s Fort premises. 

Cheques can be made payable to King’s Lynn Winter Night Shelter.

Miss McKitterick confirmed the night shelter had renewed its lease for a second year to continue operating from St Ann’s Fort next winter.