Terry Waite evening raises over £3,000
We're pleased to announce that our 'Evening with Terry Waite fundraising event was a huge success. The event, held at Hinckley Rugby Club on Friday 6 October, included an appearance by Terry Waite CBE and raised over £3,000.
Over 140 people attended, entertained by the vocal talents of Lydia Unsudimi (recently crowned ‘Leicester’s Most Talented 2017’) and compere Paul Skyers with his band, Big Black Guitars.
The evening also included a moving account from Shane Blankley, who spoke about his experience as a former companion at Emmaus Leicestershire & Rutland. Shane, who now has a job, a fiancée and two young children, is getting married in November this year.
Local organisations P8 Systems Ltd and the Anand & Sethi Family Charity Trust each presented generous additional donations of £1,000 on the night.
A lot of people put a great deal of time and effort into making this evening the success it has been. There was a real buzz about the place and the feedback from guests has been very positive. Our thanks go to the Rugby Club and their staff for being such a great venue and to all those who contributed on the night.
A keynote speech by Terry Waite CBE, as President of Emmaus UK, received a standing ovation. The former hostage negotiator spoke about being kidnapped and imprisoned for more than four years, comparing his experience in solitary confinement to the isolation felt by the homeless, and praising the work of Emmaus.
All the money raised will help to continue Emmaus Leicestershire and Rutland’s vital work - with each £1 received saving £11 for the public purse. The generosity of local people will be an immense help to our work in helping homeless people in the area to have a home, meaningful work and regain their self-worth. I hope that those who attended on Friday will share what we do with others and continue to support the vital work of Emmaus in years to come.