Your Local Paper Winter Appeal

Generous donations from readers has seen the Your Local Paper Winter Appeal reach almost £4,000.

Readers have so far raised more than £1,500 for King’s Lynn Winter Night Shelter and more than £1,000 each for King’s Lynn Foodbank and Lynn-based charity for the homeless, The Purfleet Trust.

Even though the YLP office is closed due to lockdown, we are still acting as a collection point for your cheques. Drop them through our letter box and we will forward them.

This season is the first time the Winter Night Shelter has been open 24 hours a day and not just at night.

Donations are needed to keep the service running but the shelter also needs fresh bread, fruit and vegetables.

Items can be taken to the shelter, now found at its new base at St John’s House in The Walks, between 10am to 1pm, Monday to Friday.

Last week shelter co-ordinator Lucy McKitterick also asked for adult colouring books, coloured pencils and felt-tip pens. 

The food bank, based at TS Vancouver on South Quay, is asking for money donations.

But, with Christmas only a few weeks away, volunteers would like to include some festive treats in the food parcels such as Christmas puddings, chocolate treats, selection packs and biscuits. However, no mince pies.

Also needed is tinned meat, tinned veg, long-life fruit juice and tinned potatoes or packets of instant mash. Food items should be taken directly to the food bank.

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, based at Austin Fields, 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 to: Your Local Paper, 29 King Street, King’s Lynn, PE30 1ET.