Pictured at last month’s Winter Appeal launch are, from left, Jordan Peacock, of The Purfleet Trust, Lucy McKitterick co-ordinator of the night shelter, Alan Taylor of YLP, Helen Gilbert from the food bank and Matthew Reardon from the night shelter. Picture: Ian Burt

We have had some truly amazing donations  just a few weeks into our Winter Appeal to help three charities.

Last week alone we received cheques totalling just under £2,800 which will be passed on to King’s Lynn Foodbank, King’s Lynn Winter Night Shelter and Lynn-based charity  for the homeless, The Purfleet Trust.

That means so far, we have received more than £3,382 in donations already.

Some people have generously donated to all three causes while separate cheques made out to the individual causes have been put through the Your Local Paper office door at 29 King Street in Lynn.

Amounts have ranged from £10 to £250 but every single donation counts, big or small.

We will continue our seasonal appeal throughout the winter and even though the YLP office will be closed as part of the new lockdown.

Our mail box will be regularly checked and all of your much-needed donations will be passed on to the charities during this month’s lockdown.

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This winter the night shelter, which has moved to a new home at St John’s House near The Walks, will be extending its opening hours.

Instead of being open for night time guests, the shelter will be opening 24 hours.

Its co-ordinator, Lucy McKitterick, said: “We are so grateful to all the YLP readers and friends who have sent donations towards our work. 

“We know that many people will be in a difficult place themselves financially this winter, and the sacrificial giving of so many people to help others who have nowhere to stay at home in these weeks of lockdown is a wonderful witness to the generosity of our community – thank you.

“The good news is that in response to the continuing Covid crisis and the new national lockdown, the night shelter will be able to open for guests 24 hours a day this winter, not just nights. 

“On these wet days and cold nights we’re looking forward to opening our Covid-secure shelter as soon as possible, and to welcoming our guests home.”

The food bank based at TS Vancouver on South Quay is not asking for any food donations at the moment but money instead. 

A donation of £17 will buy food for a single person’s parcel, £25 for a couple, £43 for a small family and £63 will fill a parcel for a large family.

The Purfleet Trust has said donations will help its services during a difficult year. 

Five pounds could buy thermal socks, £10 a thermal hat and gloves, £15 pays for a shower, meals for the day and a load of laundry, while £20 provides hot meals for 10 people. 

Money will also pay for advice sessions to help people get their lives back on the right track.

Make cheques payable to: King’s Lynn Winter Night Shelter, The Purfleet Trust and King’s Lynn Foodbank. They can be taken directly to the charities or posted/dropped into: Your Local Paper, 29 King Street, King’s Lynn, PE30 1ET.

Postal addresses for the charities are: King’s Lynn Winter Night Shelter, St John’s House, Blackfriars Road, King’s Lynn PE30 1NT.

King’s Lynn Foodbank, TS Vancouver Building, St Margaret’s Lane, King’s Lynn PE30 5DS.

The Purfleet Trust, Pathway House, Austin Fields, King’s Lynn PE30 1PH.