Duchess of Cornwall finds Christmas gifts at Emmaus Hampshire
The Duchess of Cornwall, Emmaus' Royal Patron, was in Winchester yesterday to visit the Emmaus Hampshire Community. She was greeted by Emmaus President Terry Waite and shown around the Community home, where she spent time talking to some of the Community's Companions. "She was very friendly and relaxed", said one Companion. "I was a bit nervous at first, but she was very easy to talk to".
The Duchess then visited the Community's workshop, where Companions and volunteers sort donated goods and restore furniture. She even found time to do some Christmas shopping and chose two painted toy boxes as gifts for her grandchildren.
The Duchess had visited Winchester five years ago, before the Hampshire Community was established, to meet with trustees and look at plans for the building. She said, "Having seen this place in its embryonic form, it's so nice to see it like this." She continued, "I love coming to Emmaus. The Communities have the most wonderful atmosphere and I just wish I could have more time to shop!"
During her visit, the Duchess officially launched Emmaus Hampshire's fundraising campaign to add two additional Companion rooms to the 24 rooms that the Community currently offers.
Published on 14th December, 2012