Donation to King’s Lynn Winter Night Shelter
We have continued to fundraise and engage with organisations that work in and around King’s Lynn and West Norfolk, rising to the challenges that the COVID pandemic continues to present.
At a zoom meeting on Thursday, 14th January 2021 (pictured above), Club President Julie Williams presented Lucy McKitterick, the Co-ordinator of King’s Lynn Winter Night Shelter with a donation of £250.
Lucy thanked the club for its generosity, advising that the donation will be used to purchase a tablet so that those in the Night Shelter can access information over the internet more readily. Lucy gave a very interesting talk about the work that the Night Shelter is undertaking.
Lucy gave the club a very informative account of the work and history of the Night Shelter in King’s Lynn, which is in its 4th year. We heard how they are coping with the current pandemic. Lucy addressed several myths relating to homelessness, such as it being a ‘life choice’ as well as the work they have had to do to ensure residents and the Night Shelter team are kept safe and well.
We heard that due to changing rules relating to COVID, the Shelter now houses 6 people at a time in their own rooms at the Shelter in St John’s Vicarage, in the heart of King’s Lynn. In the winter of 2019-2020 the Shelter was able to help 104 people on a night-by-night basis. Lucy informed us about the work the council and other organisations have done to alleviate some of the issues around homelessness in and around King’s Lynn and West Norfolk but there is always so much more to be done, and the demand on rooms is constant.
Lucy McKitterick has commented: “It was lovely to have the chance to share with the Soroptimists news of our work this winter and to hear their questions and reflections. Their generous gift has made it possible to purchase a tablet for our guests’ use which will be a big help to them in these weeks of lockdown: for videocalls with support workers not currently able to meet in person, accessing online English language learning, and for the essential online tasks which will help them towards finding a home. Thank you very much to them for this most timely and practical gift!”
Club President Julie Williams commented: “It has been a tough year for everyone, and we were in awe of the work that Lucy, and her team of workers and volunteers involved, have been able to do to help during this particularly challenging winter. Lucy talked a lot about working positively with other organisations, and Soroptimist International of King’s Lynn are delighted to have been able to make a donation that will make a real difference to the people staying in the Shelter. We plan to build on this for the future and will hopefully be able to make some plans with Lucy in the coming months.”
45 for 45
In 2020, SI King’s Lynn are celebrating 45 years since the club was chartered. Due to COVID-19, our celebrations are taking place in a socially-distanced way, and we are being inventive in our approach.
The first member to mark the celebration was Corinne, who presented the club with a virtual bouquet of 45 flowers from her garden. There might be more than 45 – feel free to count them all at: 45 flowers by Corinne
Kim has made a visual record of her 7 years as a Soroptimist, using 45 photographs. Take a look to get a taste of what it is like to be a Soroptimist in King’s Lynn: 45 pictures by Kim
Carolyn has made 45 face masks for friends and family. Recipients have donated to UNICEF, Chora Chori, QEH, King’s Lynn food bank and Macmillan Cancer Support.
President Julie walked 45 kilometres during the week that marked 45 years; Mary walked 45 miles, and Lindsay has been busy reading 45 books!
Our friends from across the London Anglia Region and Friendship Links have joined in too, with a member from Ipswich Club who has also walked 45km and the club has delivered 45+ syringe driver bags. Colchester Club recently making up bags for their local hospice.
The club was instrumental in setting up the Colchester St Helena hospice and until COVID they volunteered by running the Sunday reception desk. Members have knitted 45 items – jumpers, hats and animals. The photo below includes 8 jumpers with 8 matching hats, 15 baby vests, 1 pair of mittens, 13 hats and some animals, and poppies for Remembrance – 45 altogether!