We are delighted to announce that a long-serving volunteer from Emmaus Mossley has been recognised with a national Emmaus Hidden Heroes Award, run in partnership with Room to Reward.

Volunteer Keith Joint, aged 73 and from Mossley, was nominated for the Lifetime Achievement award by fellow community members at Emmaus Mossley.

Nominees are put forward based on their commitment, dedication and determination to go above and beyond to increase the positive impact of Emmaus communities. Winners are then selected by an independent judging panel.

Keith said: “I was totally taken aback and surprised to have received this Emmaus Hidden Heroes Award. I’ve had a warm, glowing feeling since I got the news and it’s just nice to know that I’m appreciated.”

Keith has volunteered tirelessly for Emmaus since 2010, giving his time on two days per week, primarily in the wood workshop but also helping with various maintenance and building improvement works. His furniture repairs alone have brought back into use 1000s of items, saving them from landfill and generating a considerable revenue for Emmaus.

Emmaus UK has teamed up with Room to Reward to offer Emmaus companions, volunteers, trustees and staff the opportunity to be recognised by their peers and win a two-night break to reward them for the work they do for Emmaus.

Room to Reward was created to say thank you to “Hidden Heroes” – the inspirational people who do so much in the name of charity. Winners are awarded a two-night bed and breakfast hotel stay for themselves and a guest at a choice of hotels throughout the UK and Europe.

Alison Hill, Director of Emmaus Mossley, said: “Keith is one of the longest serving volunteers at Emmaus Mossley and is a stalwart of our community. His dedication to Emmaus Mossley is truly inspirational and for such a humble and modest gentleman, it is fantastic that his efforts have been recognised with an Emmaus Hidden Heroes Award.”

Emmaus Mossley supports 26 formerly homeless people by providing them with a home and work in a community setting. The charity is one of 29 Emmaus communities across the UK, supporting more than 800 people who have experienced homelessness.

To find out more or support Emmaus Mossley head to www.emmaus.org.uk/mossley. If you would like to get involved or donate an item, please call 01457 838608 or visit the store at Longlands Mill, Queen Street, Mossley OL5 9AH.