Friday 26 October 2018

Forest Green Rovers donates match tickets to Emmaus companions

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The world’s first vegan football club, Forest Green Rovers (FGR), donated match tickets to formerly homeless people living at local homelessness charity Emmaus Gloucestershire.

The Nailsworth-based football club, which was founded on the principles of local community and social responsibility, donated 15 tickets to its match against Tranmere Rovers on Tuesday 23 October to Emmaus Gloucestershire, a charity which supports formerly homeless people by providing a home for as long as they need and the support needed to rebuild their lives.

For people who were homeless, Emmaus Gloucestershire offers a supportive and stable living environment for as long as needed and the opportunity to learn new skills in its five charity shops across the county. People living at the community are known as companions, and work hard to rebuild their self-esteem, confidence and dignity while at Emmaus so that they can move-on and live independently. The ticket donation meant that the local charity could treat the football fans of the community in recognition of their hard work.

Ben Hunt, a Support Worker at Emmaus Gloucestershire, attended the match with six companions, and said:

“The companions and I had a great night at the Forest Green Rovers match. FGR really looked after us and I would like to thank their community team for making the night so enjoyable. The companions were thrilled to be able to attend, and the night was topped off with FGR winning the match 3-1.”

To find out more about Emmaus Gloucestershire visit www.emmaus.org.uk/Gloucestershire.