King’s Lynn homeless charity Purfleet Trust to receive bags of help this winter from Tesco shoppers

PUBLISHED: 08:20 02 November 2017 | UPDATED: 08:56 02 November 2017

The Purfleet Trust, King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt

The Purfleet Trust, King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt

A charity is hoping shoppers can offer bags of help this winter to aid the homeless and vulnerable.

Gaywood Tesco, King's Lynn. 
PHOTO: IAN BURTGaywood Tesco, King's Lynn. PHOTO: IAN BURT

Homeless charity The Purfleet Trust in King’s Lynn is one of three local good causes to benefit from the Bags of Help initiative run by Tesco.

The charity could get as much as £4,000 if shoppers in four local Tesco stores – Hardwick, Gaywood, South Wootton and Wootton Road – give it their vote.

Customers who purchase the Bags of Help carrier bags will be given a token to vote for a charity they would like some of the sale proceeds to go to.

In all £7,000 is available to be divided into grants of £1,000, £2,000 and £4,000 allocated depending upon the number of votes each project gets.

The Purfleet Trust is hoping the money it receives will help to build a computer suite for clients to be able to develop their skills to find employment.

Chief executive of the Purfleet Trust Paula Hall said: “We are very much hoping that Lynn shoppers will decide that the Purfleet Trust is the most deserving.

“We are so grateful to have been chosen to take part in this valuable scheme – and ask the people of King’s Lynn to make us their voting choice.

“If we get the top grant of £4,000, it will be far more than an early Christmas present.

“It will mean a great start to achieving the computer suite we are setting up to teach the skills which everyone must have if they are going to have any hope of getting work and starting a new life - finding jobs, making applications, writing CVs getting into training.

“Not only do you need computer skills – you need access to a computer too. With all the cuts, computer time elsewhere is very limited and where computers are available there are many other people wishing to use them.

“Thanks to the Tesco scheme, we know we shall get some money - but how marvellous it would be to get the top sum and we can do that with the help of local people. So please Tesco shoppers – vote for us.”

Other charities taking part in the initiative, which runs until January 1, includes The Norfolk Hospice and children’s charity Reach For A Star.

Across the UK, Bags of Help has awarded over £36m and helped more than 7,900 community projects to date.

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