Some of the sponsors at the van presentation, from left, Richard Moore, Laura Leventhall, Laura Dunn, Anthony Skerry, Paula Hall, Kate Skerry and Timbo Mabuza. Picture: Ian Burt

The help offered by a King’s Lynn homeless charity can be stepped up a gear thanks to a much-needed van donated by local firms.

Kate and Anthony Skerry, owners of the town’s Stebbings Car Centre, approached The Purfleet Trust to see how they could help and presented the Citroen van just weeks later after getting other West Norfolk firms involved.

Mrs Skerry said her husband had sourced the vehicle at cost price and 14 local businesses, including Your Local Paper, clubbed together to buy it.

She said: “We were thrilled to hand it over and really pleased that The Purfleet Trust will benefit from it.

“We would like to thank everyone who kindly donated for making a big difference to the homeless and to The Purfleet Trust.”

Purfleet Trust chief executive Paula Hall said: “It’s absolutely phenomenal, we’re really overwhelmed by it. 

“We are so grateful, it will help us in no end of ways. We can help clients move their belongings when they find their own accommodation, we can use it to transport tools for our handyman, we can collect donations from our food partners – it will really alter the way we operate.

“The demonstration of local support means a lot to us, it’s incredible. People have been so generous and so willing to help. 

“For our clients to know there are people out there supporting them makes them feel more valued. 

“To have local businesses show that they support the work we do shows they care about people in the community. 

“This area is incredibly generous. We feel very much part of the community, and it’s because of that we are able to achieve what we do.”

Mrs Hall added: “We’d like to say a special thank you to every one of the supporters. It’s amazing.”

Your Local Paper managing director Alan Taylor said: “We were delighted to be asked by Anthony and Kate to be involved in such an important project.

“No one should have to sleep on the streets and we know this van is going to be such an asset to The Purfleet Trust and help those in need, especially as winter is on the way.”

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