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Mossley charity welcomes royal company

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Emmaus Mossley were delighted to welcome The Duchess of Cornwall for a special Big Jubilee Lunch to celebrate the charity’s 25th anniversary.

Patron of the charity and The Big Lunch, Her Royal Highness enjoyed celebrations at Emmaus Mossley to encourage people to join in and raise money for good causes in the area they live.

The charity celebrates its 25 years in operation this year and is one of 29 Emmaus communities and 5 Emmaus groups across the UK.

During her visit, Her Royal Highness was introduced to volunteers and guests as part of a tour of the second-hand store.

The Big Jubilee Lunch was then enjoyed by all, with The Duchess of Cornwall cutting the 25th birthday cake.

She was welcomed by Gary Barton, one of the 26 companions who live and work at Emmaus Mossley.

Speaking on her visit, Gary said, “After visiting Clarence House last November, it was a real pleasure to welcome HRH The Duchess of Cornwall to my home for this special Big Jubilee Lunch.

“For all companions, volunteers and everyone involved at Emmaus Mossley, this day is a very proud moment and a fitting tribute to everyone who has supported our charity over the past 25 years.”

The Duchess met Emmaus companions and volunteers as well as Big Jubilee Lunch organisers who are planning community events in the area this summer. They were also joined by local people who have been nominated as Platinum Champions for their good work in the community.

Global Grooves also made an appearance and will be performing as part of the Platinum Pageant. This event helped to build excitement about what is to come this summer ahead of The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

The day saw giant puppets, music and dancing, with around 250 people across the Manchester area who are preparing to perform in London in June.

Emmaus Mossley offers a home, work and individual support to people who have experienced homelessness and social exclusion. The Big Jubilee Lunch marked the first moment their whole community were able to come back for a shared meal since the pandemic. 

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