One of our founding volunteers and a former trustee of Emmaus Mossley has started a new role as Honorary President and received a medal to recognise her outstanding contribution.

Ann Thorne recently accepted the voluntary role of Honorary President of our charity. In addition to her new role, Ann has received an Emmaus UK Founders’ Medal in recognition of her outstanding voluntary service to the Emmaus movement.

On Thursday 29 September, Ann was presented with the medal by Selwyn Image CBE, Vice President of Emmaus UK and the founder of Emmaus Cambridge, the first Emmaus community in the UK.

Ann said: “I was surprised, honoured, delighted and humbled to be asked to be President of Emmaus Mossley. Every time I go to Longlands Mill, I am thrilled to see how our original vision has so successfully become a reality.”

Decades of dedication

Emmaus Mossley opened in 1997 as the first Emmaus community in the North West. Since then, the charity has supported more than 500 people who have experienced homelessness and social exclusion. Ann first became involved with Emmaus Mossley back in 1994 and was part of the original volunteer team which established our charity. As a trustee and Vice Chair of Emmaus Mossley for many years, Ann helped to build support, establish partnerships, and secure the purchase of Longlands Mill.

Ann assisted in the growth of Emmaus across the North West by establishing and chairing Emmaus in Greater Manchester which later became the Emmaus North West Partnership. Ann has also served as a trustee of Emmaus UK, sharing her knowledge and expertise with the wider Emmaus movement.

Andrew Kilburn, Chair of Emmaus Mossley, said: “We are delighted that Ann has agreed to serve as our Honorary President. Ann has been a major influence in the development of Emmaus both at Mossley and the wider North West, and the Founders’ Medal is deserved recognition of that contribution. We are looking forward to working with Ann in her new role to develop and improve our services in Mossley.”

Find out more about Emmaus Mossley’s history.