Local homelessness charity Emmaus Greenwich is delighted to have been chosen by the new Mayor of Greenwich, Christine May, as one of her two charities of the year for 2018/19.

Councillor May was officially installed as the new Mayor of the Royal Borough of Greenwich on Wednesday 30 May 2018 at a ceremony held in the Chapel at the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich. Tony Heather, a formerly homeless man who is now being supported by Emmaus Greenwich, attended the inauguration, along with Emmaus Greenwich Chief Executive Tony Bradbury and trustee Brian O’Sullivan.

Emmaus Greenwich is a local charity based in Plumstead that provides a home and work for formerly homeless men and women, known as companions, helping them to re-build their lives. To help fund the community, and to give companions meaningful work, Emmaus collects and sells second-hand furniture, clothes and other items and sells them in four shops in Plumstead, Lee, Welling and Poplar. The goal of Emmaus is to help homeless people regain their self-respect and in due course move back into mainstream society.

Tony Bradbury, Chief Executive at Emmaus Greenwich, said: “We are honoured and absolutely delighted to have been chosen by the new Mayor of Greenwich as one of her two chosen charities. It means a huge amount to our companions that the Mayor is highlighting the importance of tackling homelessness and recognises the contribution that Emmaus makes to the wider community. We look forward to working with the Mayor over the coming year and continuing our work within the borough.”

In addition to Emmaus Greenwich, the Mayor will support Demelza Hospice Care of Children in Eltham and said: “My chosen charities support causes close to my heart and so I hope to raise as much money as possible during the year for them.”

To find out more about the work of Emmaus Greenwich, visit www.emmaus.org.uk/Greenwich.