Thursday 20 June 2019

Exchange Quay BBQ raises cash for Emmaus Salford

EQ BBQ

A Charity BBQ hosted by the North West’s largest office development in Salford Quays has raised more than £500 for its charity partner, Emmaus Salford.

The Exchange Quay business community came together on Friday 14 June on the Piazza to enjoy a sizzling summer BBQ with all the proceeds from ticket sales donated to support Emmaus Salford.

Part of Exchange Quay’s community engagement programme, the event is one of a series to be staged in aid of Emmaus Salford which provides more than just a bed for the night to people who have experienced homeless and social exclusion.  

“We are delighted that our fundraising BBQ has brought our office and business community together as one to support this local project and such a deserving cause. We wanted to shine a spotlight on the plight of homelessness in the city and mount an events programme which helps to give a much-needed cash injection to the charity. It was a great event with fantastic food, great community spirit and a wonderful summer atmosphere. It not only supports our chosen charity, but also creates a platform to bring our Exchange Quay community together.”

Jeremy Birkett-Jones, Director, Hunter REIM

Funds raised and donated to the charity are aimed at further developing existing projects run by Emmaus, including social supermarket Lucie’s Pantry, with plans to open a small café/meeting space for customers to access.

Emmaus Salford also aims to launch George’s Community Fridge, an initiative which uses short dated or just out of date foodstuffs from local collaborators and funds will help with set up costs. Finally, the charity wants to take resident companions on a weekend or week team building adventure break to a centre in North Wales to help with motivation, aspiration and self-esteem.

“We are extremely grateful to everyone at Exchange Quay for their ongoing support of Emmaus Salford. The funds raised from their recent BBQ event will directly support people affected by homelessness as well as vulnerable residents in Salford who are struggling to afford basic essentials such as food and household items. Huge thanks to all those who organised and attended the BBQ fundraiser.”

Rachel Richardson, Assistant Community Manager Resources at Emmaus Salford

Exchange Quay has undergone a multi-million pound refurbishment and transformation programme in recent years by Ekistics Property Advisors LLP (Ekistics) on behalf of the owner alongside asset manager Hunters. The development offers more than 435,000 sq ft of Grade A office space over seven buildings and has recently unveiled ICE – renovating an additional 26,000 sq ft of newly refurbished high quality offices and a café lounge to enhance its existing occupier offer to create a cohesive and collaborative working community.

To learn more and support Emmaus Salford, head to www.emmaus.org.uk/salford. If you would like to get involved or donate an item, please call 0161 737 8279 or visit one of the shops at Fitzwarren Street, Seaford Road or Partington Lane.

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