Night shelter co-ordinator Lucy McKitterick pictured in March when the night shelter closed after the winter season. Picture: Paul Tibbs

Volunteers are needed to help redecorate King’s Lynn’s Winter Night Shelter ready for its next opening season.

The facility, at St Ann’s Fort, offers a cooked meal and a warm bed to those in need during the winter months. 

The charity is asking anyone who  enjoys painting and has a few hours to spare to help with redecoration.

Night shelter co-ordinator Lucy McKitterick said: “We did most of the decorating last year but we didn’t finish it. Also, when you have 97 people staying for the winter you get scuff marks and the stairwells need to be repainted.” 

Meanwhile Miss McKitterick is busy raising £90,000 needed to keep the shelter running this winter. She is applying for grants and funding but is also appealing for the community to keep the night shelter in mind when taking part in any fundraising activities.

She said: “The problem of homelessness won’t go away any time soon and we need to be there for when people need us.”

The night shelter building is now available to hire during the day time for meetings, group work and one-to-one sessions, with the hire cost going towards the night shelter’s running costs.

Miss McKitterick said: “It’s a lovely building and it’s available all year round during the day if people want to use it.

“It’s in a nice central location in the middle of town and there might be other groups who need a good space to use. All the money will go into something really helpful.”

Anyone interested in hiring the building or helping with the decorating can call 01553 776109, email nightshelter.steering@gmail.com or message via the King’s Lynn Winter Night Shelter Facebook page.

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