Homeless in Lent appeal for King’s Lynn Night Shelter
The King’s Lynn Winter Night Shelter is asking churches and Christians to support their ‘Homeless in Lent’ appeal by giving something up and donating the equivalent money to help them show kindness and hospitality to anyone with nowhere to stay.
Open seven nights a week the King’s Lynn Winter Night Shelter offers Christian hospitality, consistent and dependable kindness, and a sense of family to people who have nowhere else to go this winter.
Around 130 people volunteer for the Winter Night Shelter, set up by Churches Together in King’s Lynn, many from churches within King’s Lynn and the Borough, with more contributing regular gifts of fresh food and needed items or helping with practical tasks.
To further support their work the charity is asking churches and Christians to support their ‘Homeless in Lent’ appeal in the run up to Easter. Fundraising ideas include filling a jar of small change, donating the money saved by giving up chocolate, sweets or alcohol or having a special collection at a church service.
Lucy McKitterick, Co-ordinator of the King's Lynn Winter Night Shelter, said: “We offer a warm welcome, food and shelter, and work with the Borough Council and local agencies to try and help our guests with housing and other critical needs. We receive around 20% of our funding from local government but are otherwise entirely dependent on the kindness and generosity of individuals and organisations to make this work possible.”
“Many of our guests have complex needs which make it difficult for them to find and maintain accommodation. Others have come to the UK for work but have been unable to secure accommodation because of low-paid and irregular employment. Around one in five are women of our guests and half are parents or grandparents.”
“Jesus Christ endured poverty and homelessness for us and we welcome him every night at the Night Shelter in the faces of the people he came to save. Remembering the homeless in Lent is one way to prepare to welcome Him on Easter morning: we invite you to join us in this much needed and inspiring work.”
If you need anything to support your fundraising effort Lucy would be happy to help, including arranging a speaker for a special event. Please let her know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can give to King’s Lynn Winter Night Shelter at https://mydonate.bt.com/charities/kingslynnwinternightshelter.