Last week a former Emmaus Leeds companion, Dumitru, attended a very special event at Clarence House, the Royal residence of the Emmaus UK’s Royal patron, Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cornwall.
The event was put on to mark the 30th Anniversary of Emmaus UK. Dumitru was one of thirty people who have been supported by Emmaus communities across the UK to be invited to the lunch with The Duchess, and to share with her how the charity has made a difference to their lives.

Charlotte Talbott, CEO of Emmaus UK/Susan Brooksbank-Taylor, Chair of Emmaus UK, said; Charlotte Talbott, CEO of Emmaus UK, said: “We are extremely grateful to HRH The Duchess of Cornwall and the staff at Clarence House for hosting a fantastic 30 year celebration event. Countless lives have been transformed in Emmaus communities and groups over the past 30 years and it was important to be able to bring some of those people together, along with their guests, to mark this important point in our history. It was a great day and a fitting tribute, and I look forward to seeing Emmaus reach even more people over the next 30 years!”

The event on Wednesday 10 November was part of Emmaus’s 30th anniversary celebrations, reflecting on what the charity has achieved in the past three decades. Emmaus was brought to the UK from France in 1991, and there are now 29 communities supporting more than 850 formerly homeless people by providing them with a safe home, training, tailored support and meaningful work in a social enterprise.

Well done Dumitru!