The Jubilee Memorial Garden at the night shelter.

The Bishop of Lynn is set to bless a new Jubilee Memorial Garden at King’s Lynn Night Shelter on Saturday.

The garden in the grounds of St John’s House, has been created in memory of former shelter guests and to remember people experiencing homelessness who have sought help at the shelter.

It is also “a visible witness to the value of every human person no matter what their circumstances or their past”, a spokesperson said. 

It has been funded with the help of grants from Maxview Ltd, the borough council and West Norfolk Platinum Jubilee Fund and designed to be visible from the street.

It is entirely the work of shelter guests and volunteers with planting chosen with the help of family or friends for each individual remembered.

Lucy McKitterick, night shelter co-ordinator, said: “At the night shelter we welcome as guests anyone with nowhere safe to stay.

“The life expectancy in the UK for people experiencing homelessness is currently around 30 years below that for the rest of the population. 

“The reality of this appalling statistic is that here at the night shelter we have cared for a number of people who have since died, some of them in the very bleakest of circumstances – the youngest was just 25.

“We felt that the Platinum Jubilee, when our nation reflects on 70 years of service given by our Queen, is the right time to create this new garden to remember the vulnerable people our community has served here.” 

The garden will be blessed during Saturday’s service at 3pm which will be followed by a jubilee party at St John’s Church in The Walks. All are welcome. 

The shelter, which closes at the end of the month until the autumn, will be looking for volunteers.