A CHARITY boss from Litherland and a former homeless man that she helped were invited to a special event in London with The Duchess of Cornwall.
Margy Allen, the charity superstore manager at the Seaforth-based Emmaus Merseyside, and Stewart Wood, a formerly homeless man supported by the charity, attended an event to celebrate 30 years since Emmaus was established in the UK.
Guests were invited from 29 Emmaus locations across the UK to attend a lunch event at Clarence House, the royal residence of the charity’s royal patron, Camilla Parker Bowles.
Both Margy and Stewart had the opportunity to talk to The Duchess of Cornwall, sharing their personal experience and involvement with the charity.
Litherland resident Margy joined Emmaus Merseyside in 2015 as a volunteer, helping to establish both the charity’s store and community home. She then gained full-time employment with the charity and has helped many people on their journey out of homelessness.
Margy said: “This was my first trip to London and it was a great experience visiting Clarence House and chatting to Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cornwall. We talked about my progress with Emmaus and her visit to an Emmaus shop in the North West in 2017, when Her Royal Highness purchased one of our upcycled reindeers. It was great to hear she remembered the visit fondly and still makes use of the reindeer every Christmas.”
Stewart arrived at Emmaus Merseyside in 2017 after spending time homeless on the streets and in night shelters.
He has since made Emmaus his home, gaining skills, confidence and work experience to help with his future plans.
Stewart said: “We were welcomed by Her Royal Highness, as were companions people from various other Emmaus communities from around the UK. It was a fantastic trip, and I really enjoyed the day. I feel very honoured to have been chosen to represent Emmaus Merseyside.”