Managers of a Lynn homeless charity have hailed the “phenomenal” public support for their work, as a town school offered vital supplies for those in need this Christmas.
Less than two months ago, the Purfleet Trust warned it would have to close if it did not find tens of thousands of pounds of new funding for the winter.
But officials say the position is now much more positive, thanks to a huge community effort to rally round.
Chief executive Paula Hall said: “We’re getting on really well now and we’re getting more donations all the time.
“The local support we have had has been amazing, absolutely phenomenal.”
The trust issued an urgent appeal in October to raise £50,000 to enable it to continue its work over the coming winter.
More than £30,000 has been raised so far and Mrs Hall said: “We are nearly there now.”
But, with the festive period drawing ever closer, food and other basic supplies are also urgently needed to help the area’s homeless to survive the winter ahead.
And more donations of that sort have now come forward, thanks to the efforts of students from the King’s Lynn Academy.
Youngsters in the school’s Creswell House have been collecting food, toiletries and other vital supplies which will be distributed by the trust to those in need over the coming months.
And the parcels were presented to trust staff during a special assembly on Thursday morning.
Mandy Thomas, the head of house, said: “It’s fantastic to see such a positive response from the students.
“We hope that the donations will benefit those who need them the most, in King’s Lynn, this winter.”
Victoria Smith, the trust’s administrative assistant, said: “We will be making Christmas parcels for those in need with the donations collected here. This will hugely benefit our clients.”
The school will also be helping at the trust’s Christmas lunch for the homeless next week.