Christmas will be a happier time for some of the less fortunate people in West Norfolk, thanks to the generosity of Your Local Paper readers.
Our winter appeal was launched last month asking for donations of much-needed items for King’s Lynn Winter Night Shelter, The Purfleet Trust charity for the homeless and King’s Lynn Foodbank.
Since then we have been inundated with cash donations, Christmas gifts, food, toiletries and every day food items for those who are struggling.
This week the appeal received a boost from the town’s Nationwide Building Society in New Conduit Street when staff delivered a box full of goodies from staff and customers and a cheque for the night shelter.
The Purfleet Trust has also received a great response following an appeal for volunteers to help cook a Christmas meal for around 100 homeless people on Thursday, December 19.
The trust’s business and communications manager Joy Wylie said: “It really worked. We have had so many emails from people wanting to come and volunteer. It’s hard work but it’s always a nice day.”
The charity is still looking for donations of new socks and underwear for clients, also small gifts to be given out at the Christmas meal, such as sweets, sets of toiletries and puzzle books.
Today (Friday) is the last day to bring any festive food items for the food bank, such as selection boxes and chocolates, in order for them to be distributed to people in need in time for Christmas.
However, our appeal does not stop at Christmas. We will continue to act as a collection point through the winter for items for the three charities, as well as financial donations which help them to carry out their life-changing work.
Items can be brought to YLP’s temporary office at Shakespeare Barn, 5 St George’s Courtyard, King Street, King’s Lynn.
The food bank needs donations of tinned meat and fish, tinned vegetables, microwave or tinned puddings and tinned tomatoes, but has asked for no more baked beans, pasta or soup.
The food bank, based at TS Vancouver in South Quay, gave out 4,442 three-day emergency food supplies to people in crisis from 2018 to 2019.
Donated items will also go to the night shelter, based at St Anne’s Fort, which provides a bed and a hot meal to those in need.
Crisps, cereal bars, sugar, eggs, spread, ketchup and new men’s underwear are needed.
Fresh food donations can be dropped off at the shelter between 10am and 1pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and from 10am to noon on Saturdays.
The night shelter needs to find £112,000 to cover annual running costs and a donation of £15 a night will pay for someone to stay.
Cheques for the charities can be made payable to: King’s Lynn Winter Night Shelter, King’s Lynn Foodbank or The Purfleet Trust.
Staff and volunteers from The Purfleet Trust will be at Tesco Hardwick store tomorrow (Saturday) from 10am to 3pm collecting gifts for their clients.