Mayor and Mayoress of Ashford open new Emmaus shop
The Mayor and Mayoress of Ashford have cut the ribbon to open a new charity shop in the town to support homelessness charity Emmaus Dover.
On Saturday 7 January, the Mayor of Ashford, Councillor George Koowaree and Deputy Mayoress of Ashford, Gloria Champion, joined other guests, supporters and members of the Ashford community in opening the new charity shop.
The opening event included a ribbon cutting ceremony, drinks and refreshments and charity raffle. On the day, members of the Emmaus Dover community also handed out bags of essential items to people who are street homeless in Ashford.
“The opening event was a fantastic day and it was good to be a part of it. Our new Emmaus Ashford Shop will stock wide a range of quality furniture, vintage items, household goods, clothes and upcycled products. Visit us if you’re looking for something unique for your home.”
Keirun, companion at Emmaus Dover
Emmaus Dover supports 27 formerly homeless people by providing them with a stable home and meaningful work for as long as they need it. The charity now operates four social enterprises in Ashford, Canterbury and Dover. All the money raised in the social enterprises is used to support the community of formerly homeless people.
“We’re very excited about our new shop in Ashford and the stock we have there is fantastic. The people who will be working in the shop are formerly homeless people who live at the Emmaus community in Dover. This means that customers can chat directly to the people their donated items and purchases benefit.”
Dee Groom, Shop Manager at Emmaus Ashford Shop
To find out more or support Emmaus head to www.emmaus.org.uk/dover. If you would like to get involved or donate an item, please call 01233 877 474 or visit the Emmaus Ashford Shop at 22 Bank Street, Ashford TN23 1BE.