Monday 31 July 2017

Fundraising success for Eloise

Fundraisers Eloise and Nick Blundell

A six-year-old homelessness campaigner from Grantham has raised more than £650 for Emmaus UK by busking with her family.

Eloise Blundell first got involved with Emmaus after writing a letter to her local MP expressing her concerns with the rise in homelessness. The letter was passed on to Emmaus’s founder, Selwyn Image, who invited Eloise to visit the Emmaus community in Leeds. Since then she has been busking twice with her father and has told other children about Emmaus at a school assembly.

Eloise said: “When I first saw people living on the streets I felt really sad and I wanted to do something to help. Since then I’ve been busking in my home town with my daddy and little brother. I had so much fun that I didn’t want to go home – everyone was just so generous!” she explains.

It was meeting the companions at Emmaus Leeds that gave Eloise the extra incentive to keep on fundraising: “I got to speak to someone who had lived at in an Emmaus community, and he said that it had changed his life. My favourite thing about Emmaus is that all of the staff and companions treat each other with respect and kindness.”

Nick, Eloise’s father explains: “To meet all the people, hear the stories and to see an Emmaus community in action was a truly humbling experience for me. Eloise was so excited; she really enjoyed being able to spend some time with companions and asking them lots of questions about their experiences of homelessness.”

“Who wants to live in a world where people write one another off for some misfortune that could easily happen to any of us? We don’t. In an Emmaus community people are treated as people and they are given all the time and support that they need in order to confidently move forward with their lives. The whole concept just makes perfect sense. It works.”

Last month the family held their second busking session and raised an impressive £339.50. To date, they have raised around £650 and they hope to do another busking session soon, as Nick explains: “I’m so proud of Eloise for all the amazing work she has done to help such a worthwhile cause. For me, the times spent busking are some of the most worthwhile hours I have ever spent in my life. We can’t wait to get out again and do some more.”

Simon Grainge, Chief Executive of Emmaus UK said: “The hard work that Eloise has put into supporting Emmaus is truly inspirational. For someone so young to be so proactive in doing something to help homeless people is incredible. I want to thank Eloise and her family for the hard work they have put into both raising funds and awareness of Emmaus’s work.”