This February at Emmaus Suffolk, we’re marking two major milestones for our charity. On the 1st February it will be 70 years since Emmaus founder, Abbé Pierre’s instrumental radio appeal, the Uprising of Kindness. Abbé Pierre, delivered a powerful speech across the media calling for solidarity in response to the homelessness situation in France, where people were dying on the streets.

The 1954 Uprising of Kindness appeal triggered unprecedented public generosity and led to the growth of the Emmaus movement. Now there are 30 Emmaus communities across the UK providing vulnerable people with a home, work opportunities, companionship and individual support.

70 years on from the Uprising of Kindness, in Suffolk we’re celebrating our very own 8th anniversary! In 2016 we opened our first shop at The Dales and we’re so proud of how our charity has grown and the support we’ve been able to offer individuals in Suffolk.

To mark both anniversaries, we’re asking how our supporters and the people of Suffolk can #BeMoreKind to themselves and to others. We’re encouraging individuals to sign-up to the Orwell Challenge to get fit and enjoy time outside while also raising money for our charity. Alternatively, volunteering for one day a week is a great way of meeting new people and also giving back to your community.

Sign up to the Orwell Challenge here or learn more about volunteering with Emmaus Suffolk here.