What is your name?

Graham

How long have you been associated with Emmaus Cambridge?

Working 2.5 years, visiting 10 years

Share a memory you have of your time at Emmaus Cambridge.

I can’t get the image out of my head the day I was in Ely with the kids, we walked into the market square to see our Emmaus stall. We were greeted by one of our more colourful companions John Cook, dressed from head to toe as an exotic lady who was reciting Shakespeare at the top of his lungs to attract passing customers. Not the image I had imagined when he left Emmaus in his smart Emmaus shirt! It’s a good job we embrace humour and fun. This has added to our very popular market stall.

What is your favourite section of the shop/Community?

Dining room, it’s the hub of the community

What does solidarity mean to you?

Helping those less fortunate than ourselves

Name one celebrity you would like to sit down and have dinner with?

Billy Connoly

What does a typical day at Emmaus Cambridge involve for you?

No such thing. Juggling Jelly Fish.

What food can you not resist?

Lamb Vindaloo, Daal and Dumplings

What is the strangest item in the shop that you have come across?

A whole box of false teeth

What do you feel most grateful for?

Family and Friendship

What’s the one thing you’ve always wanted to do in your life, if you’ve done it how did it make you feel and if not then why not?

Impossible to choose. So many amazing experiences had, and to have

What has been your greatest accomplishment so far?

Two feisty kids that have their heads screwed on

What do you value most in a friendship?

Loyalty, trust and a sense of humour

How do you feel about your friendship with fellow staff/ trustees at Emmaus Cambridge?

Very privileged, very much like a family

What’s your favourite hobby?

Climbing mountains, cooking, sound systems, canoeing

What’s your favourite animal?

Difficult to choose. I had a donkey called Mulligan once

After lockdown what do you hope to have learnt about yourself that maybe you were not aware of before?

You can’t prepare for everything, so be humble

Favourite music band?

Any Reggae

If you could choose the one place to isolate, where would it be?

Alaska

If you could choose the one person to isolate with, who would it be?

Would have to be more than one. Both kids and my partner

Who has been the biggest influence in your life so far?

A grumpy old man called Denis

Where do you see yourself in 5 years’ time?

At Emmaus Cambridge hopefully

What is your biggest fear?

Not being able to see my children

If you could be good at something that you are not, what would it be?

Juggling

Where is your happy place, and why?

Coniston and Tilberthwaite. The hidden valleys in the slate quarry fells and mountains of Cumbria. It was my playground growing up.

Describe what Emmaus Cambridge means to you?

Emmaus is about security and relationships and I love that about it. Sticking together and helping those who need a leg up, whoever they may be and whatever background they come from. It is a very special place.

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