Monday 18 December 2017

Music festival brings Christmas gift


Organisers of a Burbage music festival have visited us to donate £400 in time for Christmas.

‘Roystonbury’ festival was originally created in 2015 as a surprise birthday party for local man Roy Collinson; the festival was so popular that the organisers decided to make it an annual event, selling tickets and donating the proceeds to local charities.

This year the festival organisers selected our charity as a beneficiary, recently visiting to present a cheque.

Emmaus Leicestershire & Rutland provides a home, support and meaningful work for 16 formerly homeless individuals, known as companions. Some stay for a while as they gain confidence and skills before they are ready to move on to independent living; others are in need of longer-term support and are able to stay for as long as they need to.

Speaking about the donation, one of Roystonbury’s founders Alison Attenborrow said:

We choose different charities every year and we like to keep it local. One of the main reasons for choosing Emmaus was that we wanted this year’s donation to be in memory of our friend’s son Joe Branson, who sadly died recently in a motorcycle accident. He was the kind of lad who always seemed to look out for people a bit down on their luck, so we felt he would have approved of us helping Emmaus. We also asked everyone who came to the festival to bring along non-perishable food items and toiletries which we donated to Emmaus to be given to local food banks.

Roystonbury festival is an exclusive weekend event with a variety of bands and solo artists, as well as bars and food outlets, stalls and performers; this year’s festival saw people travel across the UK to attend.

It was a real honour to meet some of the organisers of Roystonbury and we are truly grateful for the donation. It is always wonderful when local people support our charity. As Christmas approaches and colder weather arrives, people are often more aware of the plight of the homeless; it is support like this that makes all the difference, ensuring we can continue our vital work helping those who have experienced homelessness.

Anyone interested in supporting or working with Emmaus should contact Mir Juma, Chief Executive of Emmaus Leicestershire and Rutland at the Emporium, Stockwell Head, Hinckley LE10 1RG or call us on 01455 637587.