Today is my last day at Emmaus Mossley after 13 years of service. Over the years I’ve seen so many different companions come and go, each contributing to the community whilst taking positive steps in their own lives.

During my time at Emmaus, the community has grown and we’re a much bigger part of the wider Mossley community. The support we have received from the local community, groups, partners and businesses has been fantastic.

Highlights from my time at Emmaus Mossley include getting involved with other Emmaus groups, fundraisers and solidarity actions. The idea for doing much of these activities was trying to get people involved in things they were interested in and helping them gain new experiences.

Back in 2008 I attended my first Paris Salon alongside companions of Emmaus Mossley and Emmaus groups from across Europe. In 2015 I was part of a group that volunteered to support an Emmaus community in Holland (Feniks) after a fire destroyed part of their building.

I was proud to gain the first of many running medals doing the Mossley 10k in 2018 alongside other members of the community. This led to more runs, charity football matches and my first ever abseil. One of the most satisfying activities I did was The Big Sleepout in 2019 alongside the majority of the Emmaus Mossley community to raise awareness of homelessness.

A huge thanks to the many people who have supported me and this community over the years. Hopefully, you continue to do so because it’s a great charity to support. Being part of such a fantastic community has truly been a pleasure.

I am looking forward to a new chapter in life but will continue my LEJOG fundraising challenge throughout the rest of this year and keep on supporting Emmaus Mossley in any way I can.