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Food parcels and prescriptions delivered for free in King's Lynn

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A team of volunteers at a Gaywood church have been distributing food parcels and prescriptions to those in need within the community.

St Faith’s Church, located on Gayton Road, has delivered more than 200 parcels to people’s homes for free as well as roughly 40 prescriptions.

A team of 14 volunteers are responding to helpline calls, with referrals coming from West Norfolk Council and the Gayton Road Health Centre.

Revd Julie Boyd of St Faith's Church in Gaywood. Picture: St Faith's Church
Revd Julie Boyd of St Faith's Church in Gaywood. Picture: St Faith's Church

St Faith's rector, the reverend Julie Boyd, said the helpline was originally set up for Gaywood, but the team have subsequently received calls from further afield across the Lynn area.

She said: “We have not set up boundaries. People have found it a lifeline knowing food will be delivered safely.

“We have been ringing on the doorstep then running away or taking a step back, so that we can wave from the end of the garden path.”

She added that some people have appreciated having contact through the phone in addition to receiving the essential supplies.

“People have needed that contact to know somebody cares,” Revd Boyd said.

The church has been working in partnership with supermarkets such as Tesco in order to distribute food within the community.

The helpline is open Monday to Friday but Revd Boyd, who can be contacted on 01553 77095, said they have been out at weekends if people are desperate for food.

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