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24 October 2014

Charity Of The Year 2014

This article was written prior to the formation of Charles Russell Speechlys, through the merger between Charles Russell and Speechly Bircham.

We are delighted to announce that Emmaus UK has been chosen by partners and staff as Charles Russell's Charity of the Year for 2014.

Senior Partner and Chair of the CSR Committee, Christopher Page said:

"We are very pleased that Emmaus UK will be at the centre of our charitable fundraising for 2014. We look forward to supporting the work of Emmaus in the UK and hope that our contributions to the work they do providing shelter and a chance of meaningful work for those who have fallen on hard times will enable the furtherance of their work. We hope that we will be able to make a difference to the charity's positive work."

Chief Executive of Emmaus UK, Arvinda Gohil said:

Being chosen as Charles Russell’s charity of the year offers exciting opportunities for 2014. The support pledged by Charles Russell will enable Emmaus companions to develop new skills that are valuable in the workplace, and increase confidence in their leisure interests too, helping to build their self-esteem. We are looking forward to working with everyone at Charles Russell and welcoming them to our communities across the UK, where they will see first-hand how their donations, fundraisers and volunteering efforts make a real difference to our charity.

Emmaus communities offer homeless people a home, work and the chance to rebuild their lives in a supportive environment. There are currently 24 communities around the UK and several more in development.

Emmaus communities enable people to move on from homelessness, providing work and a home in a supportive, family environment. companions, as residents are known, work full time collecting renovating and reselling donated furniture.

This work supports the community financially and enables residents to develop skills, rebuild their self-respect and help others in greater need. Companions receive accommodation, food, clothing and a small weekly allowance, but for many, the greatest benefit is a fresh start.

Emmaus is a secular movement with 24 communities in the UK. Each community aims to become self-supporting, with any surplus donated to others in need.

Previous Charities of the Year

2013 The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity -

2011/2012 - Winston's Wish -

2010/2011 - Combat Stress -

2009/2010 - Rainbow Trust -

2008/2009 - The Children's Trust -

2007/2008 - Make a Wish -

For more information please contact Dawn Dove.