Your Local Paper business development manager Mark Stanford, King’s Lynn Winter Night Shelter co-ordinator Lucy McKitterick, YLP editor Sue Irving and King’s Lynn Foodbank co-ordinator Maarten Klem at the launch of the winter appeal back in November. Picture: Paul Tibbs

Now that Christmas is over and the New Year is in full swing we’re asking Your Local Paper readers to continue to dig deep for our winter appeal.

Your generous donations throughout November and December have ensured those less fortunate in our community had a happier Christmas.

But, there is still a great need for local people using King’s Lynn’s Winter Night Shelter and the town’s food bank.

YLP will continue to act as a collection point for the two charities throughout the winter and we’re asking readers to continue to drop off donations to our office at 29 King Street.

The food bank has been inundated with donations of food but has also seen demand for its services increase and this month, it has helped a record number of people.

Food bank co-ordinator Maarten Klem said: “The generosity of the community is indescribable. The amount of food that has been donated is amazing and will really help us this year.”

The food bank is fully stocked with beans and pasta but still needs donations of toilet roll, shampoo, shower gel, deodorant, small bottles of squash, tinned meat and tinned fish. 

Mr Klem has also appealed for more local businesses to support the food bank by letting their staff volunteer to process donations at the North Lynn warehouse.

King’s Lynn Winter Night Shelter has been providing homeless people with a hot meal and a bed for the night over the festive period, and will continue until the end of March.

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

Night shelter co-ordinator Lucy McKitterick said: “The best things at the moment are the same needs readers will be thinking of in their own homes at this time of year: fresh fruit and vegetables, milk, eggs, bread, juice and paying our winter bills. Maybe there are people committing to healthy eating who’d like to send us some fresh foods as well, or doing a dry January who might send the money they save.”

Fresh items can be taken directly to the night shelter at St Ann’s Fort before 9.30am or after 7pm and cheques for donations can be made payable to King’s Lynn Winter Night Shelter.

The night shelter can’t accept donations of toiletries, bedding, clothes or tinned/packaged food at the moment as it doesn’t have storage space.