British Red Cross building in Austin Fields, King’s Lynn to be sold

Lynn foodbank - Supplies on the shelves. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Lynn foodbank - Supplies on the shelves. Picture: Matthew Usher. - Credit: Matthew Usher

The British Red Cross is selling its property in Austin Fields, King's Lynn, because it says it's now too large for the services it provides.

The property is the base for the charity's mobility aids service and first aid courses, and the town's foodbank is also based there.

A spokesman for the Red Cross said the building had previously been a base for more Red Cross services.

Kat Taylor, Lynn foodbank co-ordinator, said: 'We have been told to vacate the premises by next June, and we will be looking for somewhere else to move to - although we are still hoping the Red Cross changes its mind.

'They say the property is too large, but we think it's too small, as it's a very active building. We have been very happy and successful here.'

A Red Cross spokesman said the money from the sale would be invested in its work helping people in crisis.

Plans for the sale are in their early stages and arrangements are being made to find more suitable facilities in the area, a spokesman added.

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Geoff Cheshire, head of operations for mobility aids at the Red Cross, said: 'Our mobility aids service helps more than 100,000 people nationally each year to improve physical health, mental health and reduce the likelihood of becoming isolated when they experience an injury or illness.

'We're in the process of making improvements to the way we provide mobility aids, including the introduction of a home delivery service, to make it easier for people to get hold of items when they need them.

'We are also committed to finding suitable alternative premises in the King's Lynn area from which to provide loans of mobility aids.

'We realise making changes to our buildings can be unsettling for service users, volunteers and staff. We are communicating this change as sensitively as possible and thank them for everything they have done.'

The Red Cross has been based in the building since the 1980s, while the foodbank has been there for five years.