Thursday 9 February 2017

Royal visit to Emmaus Hull and East Riding

Hull Royal Visit

Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cornwall, visited Emmaus Hull & East Riding where she met with companions, staff and supporters charity.

The Duchess, who is Royal Patron of Emmaus UK, was given a tour of the community on Wednesday 8 February by Emmaus companion, David. David showed Her Royal Highness the kitchen and dining area, where she met with some of the companions who prepare meals for the community, before going on to enjoy a cup of tea with a group of companions in the sitting room.

The Duchess then visited the Superstore, where she saw companions and volunteers upcycling furniture, as well as learning about the training programmes on offer to companions in the IT suite. As part of a reception in the Apple Café, Her Royal Highness then unveiled a plaque to celebrate the visit to the community.

David said: “It was great to meet The Duchess today and show her around our Emmaus community, we are very proud of it. Having someone like The Duchess of Cornwall supporting Emmaus is a great way to raise awareness of the work we do here and we’re really grateful for everything she does for us.”

Emmaus Hull & East Riding opened in 2016. The community, built on a previously unoccupied piece of wasteland on the outskirts of Hull City Centre, is made up of a community home, The Orchard, a Superstore and the Apple Café.

Before leaving the community, The Duchess presented the community with a bag of Highgrove treats as a gift. In return, she was presented with a book of memories from the Emmaus Hull & East Riding community.

Kelly Thompson, Community Director at Emmaus Hull & East Riding, said: “We were so delighted to welcome The Duchess of Cornwall to our community. The support she shows to Emmaus and the genuine interest she has in what we do to support homeless people, is absolutely wonderful.”

Emmaus Hull & East Riding currently supports 30 people, with plans to extend to 40 over the next five years.