Flashback to last month with Emma Brock, left and Sammy Nelson at the launch of Community Carers. Picture: Ian Burt

An online appeal has been launched to help a much-needed community shop continue its work during the pandemic.

Around £275 had been raised this week towards a £5,000 target for The Community Shop on the Fairstead estate in King’s Lynn.

The money is needed to help the Centre Point shop, closed due to the coronavirus  crisis, meet its costs and allow its Community Carers group to keep supporting those who are struggling.

The not-for-profit shop provides donated items for families and towards the end of last year, teamed-up with charity Baby Basics West Norfolk to help new mums with essentials such as nappies, prams, clothes and toys.

Shop manager Emma Brock said: “We decided to close the shop but the only funding is from the sales, we have got no other funding. It is tough at the moment, like it is for everyone.”

Mrs Brock launched Community Carers last month to reach out to vulnerable people. Members have been making up free food parcels from donated items, collecting medication and also running errands for people able to pay for their own shopping, but unable to get out.

Mrs Brock said she was still accepting donated items and could make arrangements for drop-offs.  People can also pay online for items.

In a bid to help beat the lockdown blues, the group has £2 children’s activity packs available and there is also a poster designing competition.

Mrs Brock would be grateful for donations of cat food and cat litter for shop cats Rodney and Leah.

Assistant Emma McGinn has set up an online page. Donate at: GoFundMe at https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-raise-funds-for-local-community-shop

Anyone with items to donate can still call the shop on 01553 404051, Mrs Brock on 07585 128511 or message the Community Shop or Community Carers on the Facebook pages.