King’s Lynn homeless charity saved by fundraising drive

Purfleet Trust Christmas Lunch attended by King's Lynn Mayor. In Picture Sarah Easthall ( Elf) . Kim Johnson. Ladies from the Haines Daniell Food Donation. Mayor Colin Manning Lady Mayoress Julie Manning and Students from the King's Lynn Academy. ANL-151217-143611009
Purfleet Trust Christmas Lunch attended by King's Lynn Mayor. In Picture Sarah Easthall ( Elf) . Kim Johnson. Ladies from the Haines Daniell Food Donation. Mayor Colin Manning Lady Mayoress Julie Manning and Students from the King's Lynn Academy. ANL-151217-143611009

The future of a Lynn homeless charity has been secured after fundraisers reached a £50,000 target to save it from closure.

Officials from the Purfleet Trust warned in October that they would be forced to shut if new funding was not found.

But a £25,000 grant from the Tudor Trust has taken the trust to its target, following a big local campaign to help.

The donation was announced during the charity’s annual Christmas lunch at the Well in Wellesley Street on Thursday afternoon.

The charity has also received a £10,000 donation from the Lady Hird Trust and £5,000 from Norfolk’s former High Sheriff, Charles Barrett.

And, when that cash is added to earlier donations, chief executive Paula Hall said: “It means that we are out of danger.

“It’s incredible. We’ve managed to bridge the gap but we couldn’t have done it without local support.”

The cash raised will be used to enable the trust to continue its services throughout the winter. Programmes which are due to start in April have already received funding.

And the charity has been given another reason to look forward to a brighter 2016 after forming a long-term link-up with the Hain Daniels food group, which has a factory in Fakenham.

The company, which previously nominated the trust as its charity of the year before agreeing the permanent partnership, has supplied and filled three chest freezers with food to enable the trust to feed clients when its St Anns Fort centre is open on weekdays.

Mrs Hall said: “It’s amazing news. We have got such a good relationship with them and they want to foster that going forward.”

The firm also supplied desserts for the lunch, which was attended by dozens of the charity’s clients, volunteers and supporters. The guest list also included borough mayor Colin Manning and his wife Julie.

The food, most of which was donated by the Buckingham Emergency Food Appeal, was prepared by Tracey Hutton, owner of the Middleton Steakhouse, while students from the King’s Lynn Academy helped to serve up the festive feast.

And clients were given a Christmas parcel containing a present and a gift voucher supplied by Mr Barrett.

Mrs Hall said: “It’s a way to make a really nice Christmas for our clients that otherwise wouldn’t have a Christmas.

“It was a fabulous day. They felt people cared about them and felt supported, which is great.”