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New garden for youngsters at charity hostel in King's Lynn




Volunteers revitalised a children’s charity garden in Lynn for homeless youngsters to enjoy this week.

As part of a national Marks and Spencer volunteering week, a new garden with a patio area and plants was created for the Benjamin Foundation at Post Mill on Tuesday.

The retailer provided the charity with £500 to spend on equipment for the garden, which will be used by 16 to 18-year-olds living at the hostel.

From left are Sabrina Royle, Yvonne Blayney, Leonora Norris, Paul Faulkner, Vicky Byfield, Chrissie Brown and Cameron Short
From left are Sabrina Royle, Yvonne Blayney, Leonora Norris, Paul Faulkner, Vicky Byfield, Chrissie Brown and Cameron Short

Leonora Norris of Lynn’s M&S said: “We hold a volunteer week every year. M&S tell us the type of charity to help and we can then pick a local charity that fits the criteria.

“We were thrilled to find the Benjamin Foundation on our doorstep.

Cameron Short working on The Benjamin Foundation garden
Cameron Short working on The Benjamin Foundation garden

“They wanted their garden sorted and we went along to help.”

Volunteers and staff from M&S and Benjamin Foundation were working on the garden from 9am to 1pm.

Yvonne Blayney
Yvonne Blayney

The new patio in the garden will be used for barbecues where friends can join those at the hostel.

Sabrina Royale, key worker at the charity, said: “It is looking much better. We really appreciate the gesture.

“We wanted the garden to be a nice space for people to relax and enjoy the garden especially for the summer.”

Cameron Short working on The Benjamin Foundation garden
Cameron Short working on The Benjamin Foundation garden
Chrissie Brown of M&S
Chrissie Brown of M&S


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