Your Local Paper chief reporter Natalie Copeland, right, presents cheques to Lucy McKitterick of King’s Lynn Winter Night Shelter on Tuesday. Picture: Ian Burt

Volunteers at the Winter Night Shelter in King’s Lynn have said they are “so heartened” with the generosity of Your Local Paper readers.

Since our annual Winter Appeal launched earlier this month, more than £1,500 has been raised to support those less fortunate in the community.

On Tuesday, YLP’s chief reporter Natalie Copeland delivered some of the cheques to the night shelter in St John’s House in The Walks.

Lucy McKitterick, co-ordinator at the shelter, said: “It has been wonderful to see such a warm response to the Winter Appeal already this year. 

“Here at the night shelter we know that King’s Lynn has a night shelter only because so many people help to make this possible, and it is your support for some of the most vulnerable people in the community which will give them a safe home this winter.

“Christmas can be the hardest time of all to be homeless. Our guests know that your readers are supporting them – we always have lots of copies of YLP at the night shelter so they may well be reading this – which is just one encouragement at a difficult time when the support and confidence of people round them does so much to give hope. 

“We’re very grateful to everyone who has supported us this year, and we hope that you’ll keep in touch.”

The shelter, which provides food and a warm, safe place to sleep for those in need, will use the money raised from our appeal to help pay for ongoing costs such as rent and bills.

Julian Hallett, chairman of trustees for the shelter, said: “We are so heartened by the generosity of YLP readers again. Your gifts make such a difference to our guests.” 

Each year our appeal, which will remain open until the end of January, supports Lynn charities the night shelter, the Purfleet Trust and the food bank.

Your donations can be dropped into the YLP office or posted to us at 29 King Street, King’s Lynn, PE30 1ET, for us to forward or take to the charities directly. 

Cheques should  be made payable to King’s Lynn Winter Night Shelter, The Purfleet Trust or King’s Lynn Foodbank.

The night shelter is due to hold two volunteers’ information and training evenings on January 4 and 11 at 7pm at St John’s Church in The Walks.

Anyone interested in volunteering can visit klwns.org.uk