King’s Lynn Night Shelter holds garden fundraiser
After its move to a larger site at St John’s Vicarage, King’s Lynn Night Shelter is raising money for its next phase with a fundraising day in Norwich.
Volunteers have been decorating the house and renovating its gardens ready for its opening in October.
Night shelter co-ordinator Lucy McKitterick said: “We were able to stay open when the Covid-19 crisis began but closed on the planned date for the end of the season on March 30.
“Most of the guests with us on the last night were offered temporary accommodation by the borough council in an impressive multi-agency operation to give as many people as possible a room of their own during the first months of lockdown.
“There are still people sleeping rough in Lynn, or sofa-surfing with friends. Last winter over 40 per cent of our guests were known to be suffering from mental health complications.
“They and others with complex needs are more at risk from eviction, or not being able to cope with a tenancy, and finding themselves street homeless again. Others will come to us as the tensions of lockdown and possible job losses bring family break-up or problems at home.”
The fundraising day is being held in the Bishop’s Gardens from 11am - 4pm on Sunday, August 2. Tickets priced £5 must be reserved online via www.klwns.org.uk or by calling 01553 776109.
You can read about the move to St John’s Vicarage here:
Pictured above is Lucy McKitterick; photo credit: Chris Bishop
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