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Generous film goers raise thousands for the homeless

PUBLISHED: 14:27 11 April 2018 | UPDATED: 14:27 11 April 2018

I, Daniel Blake was screened at a charity fundraiser in King's Lynn which raised £2,150 for homeless charity the Purfleet Trust. Picture: Submitted/Archant Library

I, Daniel Blake was screened at a charity fundraiser in King's Lynn which raised £2,150 for homeless charity the Purfleet Trust. Picture: Submitted/Archant Library

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Computer tuition will be provided to give homeless and vulnerable people the skills to apply for work following a charity film fundraiser.

Organised by King’s Lynn Community Cinema Club (KLCCC), the I, Daniel Blake film screening in King’s Lynn helped to raise £2,150 for homeless charity the Purfleet Trust.

KLCCC organised the event with Purfleet Fundraisers (PF), the trust’s fund-raising arm, which was held at the St George’s Guildhall.

PF chairman Francis Bone said: “The result was that we had no outgoings and so all the ticket sales and raffle proceeds were pure profit.

“Obviously we hoped to end up with a good sum, but did not expect that we would achieve so much.”

Ian Barton, KLCCC chairman, added: “We were delighted to stage the screening of and it was wonderful to see the event so well supported.

“A big thank you to everyone who came along, and an even bigger thank you to the incredible volunteers who made it such an unforgettable night.”

The money will be used to provide computer tuition as well as specialist welfare support to individuals.

Last summer, four computers for the Purfleet Trust’s computer suite were provided by money raised at the Hunstanton Lawn Tennis Tournament and another two came from the Tesco Bags of Help project.

“We very soon realised that people needed more than equipment,” said Mr Bone. “They needed training in how to use it and other basic skills such as the ability to write CVs.

“Opportunity came with the screening – tuition was an obvious way to spend the funds raised.”

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