Landbeach-based homelessness charity Emmaus welcomes Alex Mayer MEP for International Day of Charity visit

PUBLISHED: 11:00 16 September 2017

Alex Mayer MEP, Matthew Last and Diane Docherty during the Emmaus Cambridge visit.

Alex Mayer MEP, Matthew Last and Diane Docherty during the Emmaus Cambridge visit.

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Homelessness charity Emmaus Cambridge welcomed MEP Alex Mayer to its community in Landbeach to celebrate International Day of Charity.

Alex Mayer MEP and Matthew Last with Betty the pig.Alex Mayer MEP and Matthew Last with Betty the pig.

On arrival, the member of European parliament for the East of England was greeted by Diane Docherty, community director at Emmaus, and Matthew Last, one of the charity’s trustees.

She was shown the gardens and Joan’s coffee shop before meeting the community’s chickens, and latest resident, Betty, the black pig.

Alex Mayer MEP with chickens.Alex Mayer MEP with chickens.

Emmaus provides a home and work for 34 people who have experienced homelessness and social exclusion, offering them a route out of homelessness and a way of life within a supportive environment.

Companions (formerly homeless people) work full time while they are at Emmaus selling and upcycling second-hand furniture and household items at its Landbeach charity shop.

The income generated through Emmaus’ shops goes back into the community and enables companions to develop skills, rebuild their self-respect and help others in need.

Emmaus Cambridge is adding 10 rooms to its community next year. Fundraising begins in October 2017.

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