Deputy Lieutenant of Norfolk visits Sue Ryder in Kings Lynn

The Deputy Lieutenant of Norfolk, Melinda Raker, paid a visit to the Sue Ryder shop in Kings Lynn on Wednesday 26 August to say thank you to the staff and volunteers working hard to raise funds for the vital palliative, neurological and bereavement support provided by the charity.

Image of Sue Ryder retail staff standing outside the Sue Ryder Kings Lynn furniture shop with the Deputy Lieutenant of Norfolk
(Left to right): Shop Manager, David Wheelhouse; Regional Sales Manager, Jo Panks; Deputy Lieutenant of Norfolk, Melinda Raker and Regional Manager, Glynn Taylor.

The Deputy Lieutenant spent an hour and a half visiting the shop, talking to staff and volunteers and finding out more about the charity’s work in East Anglia.

One of the hard-working volunteers at Sue Ryder in Kings Lynn is Mave, who has raised incredible amounts of money for the charity through her sale of Sue Ryder lottery tickets. Mave has now sold almost 25,000 lottery tickets, more than anyone else in the country. To round off the visit, the Deputy Lieutenant purchased several Sue Ryder lottery tickets from Mave to help bring up her total.

The coronavirus pandemic has had a huge impact on Sue Ryder. Its shops were forced to close overnight and all its fundraising events were cancelled. Now, as the shops begin to reopen, Sue Ryder is calling on the community to donate their unwanted goods and come and shop to support the charity.

Martin Wildsmith, Director of Retail at Sue Ryder, said:
“We are incredibly grateful to the Deputy Lieutenant of Norfolk, Melinda Raker, for visiting our Kings Lynn shop today to show her support for Sue Ryder. 
“The Kings Lynn team have been working incredibly hard to reopen our shops after they had to close in March due to the Coronavirus.  It is wonderful that the Deputy Lieutenant was able to attend today to pass on her thanks to the team.
“Sue Ryder only receives around one third of the money we need in order to run our end of life care from the government, so our charity shops are essential in order to make up the remaining shortfall. We want to thank the community in Kings Lynn for their continued support, despite these difficult times.”

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