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NSFT staff support homeless charity this Christmas - and all year round!

​Big-hearted NHS staff in King’s Lynn are taking part in a series of initiatives to support a charity in the town that helps homeless people.

Staff working for Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) in Chatterton House and Thurlow House, both in Goodwins Road, have been donating presents for the Purfleet Trust this Christmas, such as a variety of food, tea, coffee, hot chocolate, toiletries, hats, gloves and scarves.

Thurlow House receptionist Linda Bunton has, along with admin colleagues, organised what is being called a “reverse Advent calendar”. The idea is simple; instead of treating yourself each day, you put an item in a donation box.

Mrs Bunton said: “I got the idea to support the Purfleet from Triston Finnis, a music promoter who’s working with the charity to distribute donations.

“We’ve had a good response and look forward to handing over what we’ve collected to the Purfleet Trust.”

Jane Catlin, a Community Mental Health Nurse based at Chatterton House, said staff there did a reverse Advent calendar last year too.

“My son’s a volunteer for Purfleet and he will be visiting us to collect our donations,” she said. “Staff have also had a ‘Secret Santa’ for many years but this time we’ve decided to donate our gifts, which cost between £5 and £7.50, to the Christmas party which Purfleet are holding.

“Along with my colleague Hannah Sheppard and Bec Dunsmuir, we delivered the presents to the Purfleet Trust this morning [Thurs] and they were all very grateful.

“We spent time talking to staff and clients, and the clients gave us a small potted Christmas tree in return. We hope to plant it in the garden when the new ward at Chatterton House opens next year.

“In addition, we collect throughout the course of the year for the Purfleet food bank and last Friday raised £75.80 for Save the Children by making donations to take part in the charity’s Christmas Jumper Day."

A total of about 100 staff are based at Chatterton House, which is the base for various services including the West Norfolk Adult Community Mental Health Service and the West Norfolk Older People’s Service.

About 54 staff are based at Thurlow House, which is “home” to the West Norfolk Children, Families and Young People’s Service.

Caption: Jess Smith, Clinical Support Team Administrator, with some of the items donated by staff at Thurlow House for The Purfleet Trust.

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