We have kicked off the year with a donation of furniture worth £7,000 from housebuilder Matthew Homes.

The Hertfordshire-based business builds homes throughout the south of England and donated the entire contents of a four-bedroom show house in Gloucester to help the local charity raise funds to support its work.

The donated furniture, household items and soft furnishings which would have otherwise gone to waste, will be sold in our five charity shops across the county when they re-open. All the profits will go towards providing a home, support and training to people who have been homeless.

We are once again facing an income shortfall with the temporary closure of our shops due to the national lockdown, but this generous donation has helped immensely to lift the spirits of our retail team.

Social distancing measures and restrictions during the pandemic have made it difficult to collect furniture from people’s properties, so to receive so many high-quality items is the perfect gift.

We would like to thank the team at Matthew Homes for thinking of Emmaus Gloucestershire; it means the world to us when local businesses recognise the work we do and want to help us.

Daniel Gallagher, Deputy Chair/Sales Director at Matthew Homes, said:

“We are pleased to help out Emmaus Gloucestershire. Their work to house and to provide work experience is so exceptional and of such value that we felt it was appropriate to support them with this donation. Times are very difficult for so many individuals and organisations and it is with great pleasure that we have been given this opportunity to contribute to Emmaus Gloucestershire’s great work.”

Matthew Homes has been established for more than forty years and has a development in Earls Park off Bristol Road, Gloucester. Details of the development can be found at www.matthew-homes.com.