Monday 13 January 2014

Duchess of Cornwall's Christmas visit

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We were delighted to welcome Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall to Emmaus Hastings & Rother, on Thursday 5 December to formally open our companion accommodation block ‘Charlie Jordan House’. The building is being named in memory of the first Chairman of Emmaus Hastings & Rother, who sadly died just after the group took ownership of the community site in 2009. 

Charlie Jordan was a inspirational man and was the person who had the vision and the drive to get this community going. For many years he was Chairman of Emmaus Brighton & Hove, but he recognised a need for more homelessness provision in Hastings & Rother, so pulled together a group of people to get a new community started here. We will be eternally grateful for what Charlie did, and it seems fitting that the building should be named after him as a permanent reminder of this. Having The Duchess of Cornwall here to support this is an honour, and a great tribute to Charlie.”

David Cooper – Chairman

The Duchess of Cornwall has been Royal Patron of Emmaus UK since 2006 and regularly visits Emmaus communities to learn more about the charity’s work and meet the people it helps.

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The Duchess was given guided tour of the community by one of our companions, Mary Rigg, who joined her earlier this year on a trip to visit Emmaus in Paris.

When I met her earlier this year I was overwhelmed by how much she knew about Emmaus and what a fantastic supporter she is. Seeing the Emmaus community in Paris, which has been around for 60 years, showed me what could be possible for Emmaus Hastings & Rother. We’re still a relatively new community but there is lots of potential here to grow. The new café is our latest venture and I’m really pleased to be taking such an active role in getting that up and running. I hope The Duchess will be impressed by what she sees at Emmaus Hastings & Rother. Her visit will be a real Christmas treat for the community.” 

Mary Rigg - Emmaus Hastings & Rother Companion

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