Friday 15 December 2017

Emmaus UK kicks off week-three of its Second Hand Santa Challenge

All Round Creative Junkie

On Sunday 17th December, Emmaus UK kicks off week-three of its Second Hand Santa challenge, with some of the UKs top upcycling, thrift and fashion bloggers sharing their bespoke Christmas gifts created using second-hand items found in Emmaus charity shops.

In the lead-up to Christmas the group of 6 bloggers from across the country have been sharing their creations on their blogs and social media channels to show others how they can make the most of Christmas on a budget, and encourage more people to shop with Emmaus.

Each week of the challenge covers a different theme featuring Christmas decorations in week one, Christmas jumpers and party outfits in week two and Christmas gifts in week three.

Emmaus staff and companions (formerly homeless people) will also be sharing their hints, tips and creations on social media to encourage people to get involved in the challenge and visit their local Emmaus shop for a Christmas bargain.

Cheryl Lumley, from All Round Creative Junkie and North East Blogger of the Year, said, “Upcycling is about taking unloved, unused or thrown away items and giving them a new lease of life. This can be as simple as revamping it for the same use or re-purposing altogether. It might be turning pallets into furniture, old tea cups and plates into a cake stand, or even turning old shirts into bunting.

Week three will feature:

Sunday – Joy Jackson, Pink Oddy, Gloucestershire
Monday – Cheryl Lumley, All Round Creative Junkie, North East
Tuesday – Kate Beavis, Kate Beavis, Bedfordshire
Wednesday – Cassie Fairy, My Thrifty Life, Suffolk
Thursday – Jay, Jay&Co, Wolverhampton
Friday – Sarah Parmenter, RelovedMCR, Manchester
Saturday - Sitched Up, Manchester 

All money raised in Emmaus charity shops goes directly back into running of each Emmaus community and supporting companions to rebuild their self-esteem and move on with their lives.

There are currently 29 Emmaus communities across the country, supporting more than 800 companions in the UK. In addition there are four Emmaus groups, all of which are working towards setting up an Emmaus community in their area. Emmaus aims to offer 1,000 companion places by 2020.