Pictured with serving volunteers are from left, Jordan Peacock, Michelle Hepburn, Kathy Adams and Derrick Holmes and above, from left, Jason Clifford, John Woodford and Elizabeth Dutton from the Foot Care Centre. Pictures: Ian Burt.

A special sit-down meal for the homeless turned out to be “everything and more”.

Around 80 people enjoyed a hog roast meal in the warm on Monday afternoon at the Duke’s Head Hotel in King’s Lynn.

Organiser Derrick Holmes, 65, of Clenchwarton, said his first event for the homeless was a tremendous success. 

“I have had people coming up to me with tears in their eyes thanking me. One gentleman said to me, ‘I have never been in a place like this. This will be a memory in my mind I will never forget’. 

“They were so grateful. It was very emotional, I find it difficult to put it into words how I feel.”

After approaching The Purfleet Trust charity earlier this year, Mr Holmes got the go-ahead to  organise a meal for its homeless clients.

Mr Holmes, owner of The Hungry Hog Roast Company, cooked a hog roast while Freemasons from the Geoffrey Dicker Lodge in Lynn served the food. The salad was donated by Bakkavor Meals in Sutton Bridge, and factory bosses have now pledged to donate salad weekly to The Purfleet Trust.

And clients were able to access hand and foot care from staff at The Foot Care Centre in Lynn and there was also a hairdresser on hand.

“There was always a queue for them. And they have also said they will be volunteering their services weekly for The Purfleet Trust,” said Mr Holmes.

He confirmed another meal for the homeless was “already in the diary” for next winter. Joy Wylie, business and communications manager for The Purfleet Trust, said all the volunteers and those who donated food, went “absolutely above and beyond”.

“It was brilliant, it was everything and more. It was amazing to see all the clients, they loved it and we’re so pleased we will now have a hairdresser and the foot care clinic volunteer for us on a regular basis,” she said.

“The meal made everyone feel special. It’s still cold this time of year after Christmas, so it’s a nice way of letting clients know we are still thinking of them.”

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