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Homeless charity The Purfleet Trust throws Christmas bash for its clients

PUBLISHED: 12:28 22 December 2017 | UPDATED: 12:48 22 December 2017

The Purfleet Trust in Kings Lynn host their Christmas dinner with the Mayor Carol Bower as a guest.
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2017

The Purfleet Trust in Kings Lynn host their Christmas dinner with the Mayor Carol Bower as a guest. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2017

Archant 2017

A homeless charity threw a Christmas bash for its clients, and for some of the 100 people who attended it will be the only Christmas they’ll have this year.

The Purfleet Trust in Kings Lynn host their Christmas dinner with the Mayor Carol Bower as a guest.
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2017The Purfleet Trust in Kings Lynn host their Christmas dinner with the Mayor Carol Bower as a guest. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2017

In a bid to ensure nobody misses out this Christmas, The Purfleet Trust, in King’s Lynn, put together a dinner party for their clients. In a scene most of us are familiar with, the staff and volunteers were busying themselves in the kitchen and decorating the 13 tables for the party.

The King’s Centre, in Wellesley Street, was awash with tinsel, Christmas crackers and festive props, with a selfie station for those wanting to take festive snaps.

Final touches added to the merriment of the occasion, with guests dazzled by the brightly lit eight-foot Christmas tree.

The Purfleet Trust in Kings Lynn host their Christmas dinner with the Mayor Carol Bower as a guest.
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2017The Purfleet Trust in Kings Lynn host their Christmas dinner with the Mayor Carol Bower as a guest. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2017

Sarah Castleton, 53, and her partner Martin Brennan, 51, of George Street, receive weekly support from the charity in the last four years.

Ms Castleton added: “They have supported me through thick and thin, I lost my house but they regained it.

“We go in four times a week and they help us with donations and also Christmas decorations.

The Purfleet Trust in Kings Lynn host their Christmas dinner with the Mayor Carol Bower as a guest.
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2017The Purfleet Trust in Kings Lynn host their Christmas dinner with the Mayor Carol Bower as a guest. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2017

“I’ve been to this Christmas party before and it is absolutely amazing.”

Guests were treated to a traditional turkey lunch with all the trimmings, capped off with a dessert of mince pies and cheesecake.

Every guest also went away with a gift, with some winning a prize on the raffle.

The Purfleet Trust in Kings Lynn host their Christmas dinner with the Mayor Carol Bower as a guest.
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2017The Purfleet Trust in Kings Lynn host their Christmas dinner with the Mayor Carol Bower as a guest. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2017

Among them was West Norfolk mayor Carol Bower, who had chosen the Trust as her charity of the year.

She said: “There is a real buzz and excitement and the aroma coming from the kitchen is so yummy.

“This is my first opportunity to meet so many of the charity’s clients and helpers. This time of the year is about being together.”

The Purfleet Trust in Kings Lynn host their Christmas dinner with the Mayor Carol Bower as a guest.
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2017The Purfleet Trust in Kings Lynn host their Christmas dinner with the Mayor Carol Bower as a guest. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2017

Chief executive of the Purfleet Trust, Paula Hall, said the party would not have been possible without the rallying support of the community and businesses in West Norfolk.

This includes Buckingham Emergency Food Appeal (BEFA), Sainsbury’s, Bookers, Tesco, Accent Fresh and many more.

Ms Hall added: “We have had lots of support from the whole community and we have got incredible volunteers.”

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