Wednesday 8 November 2017

Bedford Rotary Club funds new room

Bedford Rotary Club visit

A special plaque was unveiled yesterday, during a visit from Bedford Rotary Club to mark their generous £16,000 donation.

The Rotary Club's President, Immediate Past President and Secretary were in attendance at the formal ceremony. The new plaque was unveiled outside the new Overnight Room in our recently-opened Silverbirches accommodation building. The Overnight Room, which will be used by visitors to Emmaus Village Carlton, was kindly funded by the £16,000 donation from the club.

Also in attendance at the event were Emmaus Village Carlton staff, volunteers, trustees and companions (formerly homeless service users) representing our charity. Our guests enjoyed a talk and tour of the site, following the official plaque unveiling.

Thank you, Bedford Rotary Club

Our thanks go out to Bedford Rotary Club for this incredibly generous donation; your support has really helped and is very much appreciated.

The visit follows on from the formal opening of the main part of the new accommodation in July this year by Dave Hodgson, Mayor of Bedford, on the same day that the community was presented with the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service by the Lord Lieutenant of Bedfordshire, Mrs Helen Nellis.

The opening of Silverbirches saw our facilities increase to 42 companion bedrooms. The project involved the conversion of underused space in an existing building to create seven self-contained rooms for companions, two move-on flats for those companions close to fully independent living, as well as the Overnight Room for visitors.