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The shortlist for the Lynn News Charity of the Year has been revealed, and now it’s time for you to choose which receives the title.

The seven organisations shortlisted for special help from the Lynn News over the next 12 months are: King’s Lynn Winter Night Shelter; National Autistic Society West Norfolk; Pandora Project; QEH Maternity Unit Bereavement Suite; Scotty’s Little Soldiers; West Norfolk Befriending; and West Norfolk Deaf Association.

Each has put forward their case for why they should be chosen.

King’s Lynn Winter Night Shelter:

King's Lynn Winter Night Shelter
King's Lynn Winter Night Shelter

“The King’s Lynn Winter Night Shelter is open every night during the coldest months of the year and provides a warm welcome, a bed and a hot meal for anyone with nowhere else to stay.

“We work with our guests as individuals to build stability and a sense of self-worth and we work closely with other organisations to find help with housing and other needs.

“In the winter of 2018-19, 97 people came to stay with us: we expect similar numbers this winter and next and we’re very grateful to the Lynn News for nominating us!”

National Autistic Society West Norfolk:

National Autistic Society West Norfolk
National Autistic Society West Norfolk

“The West Norfolk Branch of the NAS is a local group run by a small number of unpaid volunteer parents/carers of people with autism or we are autistic ourselves.

“We don’t receive funding, relying totally on donations, fundraising events, kind individuals and community groups to help us.

“Supporting over 400 local families whose lives are affected by autism, around 1,400 people.

“Our main role is to reduce isolation by organising activities for our members and siblings where everyone can relax in an accepting and supportive environment.

“We run a very wide range of 150+ activities annually.”

Pandora Project:

Pandora Project
Pandora Project

“Pandora Project supports women and children affected by domestic abuse.

“We work with women to help them recover from the trauma of historic abuse, we can help them to leave abusive partners through careful safety planning and intensive support.

“Children are innocent victims and we offer them practical and emotional support.

“We teach them how to stay safe in an abusive household, and reinforce the abuse is not their fault.

“We are a small team based in King’s Lynn, passionate about making a difference to the local community. We believe that everyone has the right to live free from abuse.”

QEH Maternity Unit Bereavement Suite:


“Introducing a Bereavement Suite would mean so much to families from our community who unfortunately lose their babies either during, or shortly after birth.

“It’s so important for those families to have time with their baby, in a homely environment and away from families who are experiencing much more positive outcomes in our maternity suite.

“It’d mean so much to us and our community if we were able to achieve our target and introduce this vital, but currently unfunded, improvement and to make bold progress in our 40th year would be both a real statement of intent for our patients, our staff and also our collective relationship as we head into the new decade together.”

Scotty’s Little Soldiers:

Scotty's Little Soldiers
Scotty's Little Soldiers

“Scotty’s Little Soldiers supports hundreds of children and young people across the UK who have lost a parent who served in the British Armed Forces.

“This year marks the 10th anniversary of the charity, which was founded by Nikki Scott after her husband, Corporal Lee Scott, was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2009, leaving behind two young children.

“Scotty’s Little Soldiers offers regular support to bereaved military children with access to the very best health and well-being support, outstanding development opportunities and the chance to smile again through special events and gifts at important times of the year.


West Norfolk Befriending:

West Norfolk Befriending
West Norfolk Befriending

“West Norfolk Befriending is a small charity that supports isolated older people in the local area.

“The charity has worked since 2002 to improve the lives of older people who are unable to leave their homes and are isolated.

“WNB has a team of trained and supported Volunteer Befrienders who visit older people regularly in their own homes to bring in conversation and ease isolation.

“The service can make a real difference for lonely older people. “A new project started in November, Care Home Connectors which is funded through the lottery community fund that works in four care homes across West Norfolk offering befriending. “For more information visit our website www.wnbefriending.org.uk.”

West Norfolk Deaf Association:

West Norfolk Deaf Association
West Norfolk Deaf Association

“West Norfolk Deaf Association is a small local charity supporting deaf and hard of hearing adults and children.

“We offer an Advocacy Service which provides advice and information to deaf people, whose first language is BSL, along with a range of social and learning opportunities.

“Our area has a disproportionate population of older people, WNDA statistics show that of the 3,100+ clients we see, more than 60 per cent are over 75.

“We cannot underestimate the impact that hearing loss has on an individual and the significant risk of social isolation and depression.

“We rely heavily on volunteers and fundraising to continue our crucial outreach services; by holding clinics at 17 doctors surgeries, visiting 25 residential homes and carrying out home visits, along with holding clubs, training, events and offering support, advice and guidance.”

Vote for your preference in our poll below - please note, once you click on an option and a tick appears, your vote has been registered:

You can also vote via email on newsdesk@lynnnews.co.uk.

Please include COTY poll in the subject line or send in by post on a postcard to COTY, Lynn News, 17 Tuesday Market Place, King’s Lynn PE30 1JN.

You have until noon on Wednesday (January 29) to register your preference.

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