Emmaus Merseyside’s Royal reindeer customer
Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cornwall, met with formerly homeless people, staff and supporters of homelessness charity, Emmaus Merseyside, on Friday 8 December.
The Duchess, who is Royal Patron of Emmaus UK, was given a tour of the Emmaus Preston Megastore, the UK’s largest charity shop, and introduced to companions, volunteers and staff from Emmaus communities across the North West.
Leading the tour was Karen Wallis, Deputy Support Manager at Emmaus Preston and formerly beneficiary of the charity. Karen dramatically turned her life around after escaping an abusive partner and overcoming drug addiction. She moved to Emmaus Preston in 2012 and the support she received from the charity changed her life. Karen is now employed by the charity to support others who are trying to find a way out of homelessness.
Her Royal Highness met with companions and staff from Emmaus Merseyside and purchased three of the reindeers created by volunteers of the charity. The Duchess also bought some Christmas decorations and a blue jug.
At the end of the tour, a choir from Emmaus Salford performed Christmas Carols for The Duchess and, as part of the reception; Her Royal Highness joined other guests by writing message on a Christmas decoration, placing it onto the community Christmas tree.
“It was fantastic to meet Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cornwall, and even better that she purchased reindeers produced in the Emmaus Merseyside workshop.”
Angela Quinn, Business Manager at Emmaus Merseyside
There are six Emmaus communities across the North West located in Bolton, Burnley, Merseyside, Mossley, Preston and Salford. Across the UK there are currently 29 Emmaus communities, supporting more than 790 companions (formerly homeless people).