Michelle Hepburn, The Purfleet Trust’s services manager, receiving donations from YLP reporter Helen Jackson. Picture: Ian Burt

Generous Your Local Paper readers have dug deep to help the homeless in King’s Lynn this Christmas.

As part of our Winter Appeal we have asked our readers to make donations to three charities in the area who help those in  need – The Purfleet Trust, King’s Lynn Foodbank and King’s Lynn Winter Night Shelter. And in just three weeks readers have already given more than £1,500, with more donations flooding in every day.

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On Tuesday we handed over donations to The Purfleet Trust to help make Christmas a happier time for clients.

On December 17 the charity will hold a Christmas dinner for about 70 people at the King’s Centre with entertainment and gift bags for everyone attending.

Services manager Michelle Hepburn said: “We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has donated towards The Purfleet Trust. It will make a really big difference to our vulnerable clients and those in need.

“For some of our clients they have no family or support other than us. This may be the only Christmas meal and presents they get. Christmas isn’t always joyous for everyone – it’s a sad time for a lot of people.”

Your Local Paper editor Sue Irving said: “We’ve seen a fantastic start to our appeal and, once again, our readers have amazed us with their generosity.

“All of the charities and the people they are supporting are so grateful for your donations, which will make a huge difference this winter.”

The Purfleet Trust’s services include housing advice to help people find accommodation, support to help them maintain their tenancies and a Health and Wellbeing Centre with showers, a laundry, and a gym. Staff and volunteers offer a free breakfast and a cooked lunch for £1, with 26 people eating lunch at the centre on Monday.

The charity has also launched the Purfleet Pantry which provides low cost, healthy food for its clients as well as people on a tight budget. Membership is £2.50 per visit, with one visit allowed a week, giving access to up to £15 worth of groceries.

The Pantry stocks store cupboard essentials donated from local businesses trying to cut food waste and at times also offers fresh fruit, vegetables and meat.

Mrs Hepburn invited people on a low income to go along and register and said: “The food is all nutritional so people can make a well-balanced meal.”

The YLP appeal will remain open until the end of January.

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.