Four new rooms have been opened in the Emmaus Hertfordshire community thanks to sponsorship from FirstPort – that’s four more people off the streets and on the road to rebuilding their lives.

As Emmaus’s corporate partner, FirstPort raised over £70,000 for the charity in 2017 through the efforts of staff, customers and partners across the UK, through a number of different fundraising activities. 

Opening the rooms, FirstPort CEO, Nigel Howell, said:
“The focus of FirstPort’s work is to provide safe and happy homes for our customers. But, back in 2016, we felt that, as an organisation, we should be doing something to help those who aren’t so lucky as to have such a home. Emmaus seemed the perfect charity partner for the company; they give a roof over the heads of those in need, sure, but also a sense of purpose and self-respect that serve beneficiaries for the long term.

“And FirstPort colleagues have taken the cause to heart and done us proud in their efforts to raise funds – with cycling and climbing challenges, jumping out of planes, baking cakes and generally being extremely generous. We’re very proud of this partnership and believe in the cause, and today I’m thrilled to see the fruits of our efforts.”

Tony Ferrier, the Hertfordshire Community CEO, said:
“Thanks to FirstPort, we’ve four more fabulous rooms to offer at our community. This means that four more homeless people can join our 35 current companions – our name for the formerly homeless, living and working in our social enterprise – and will have an opportunity to receive training and support towards a solid future and independent living.

 “Our relationship with FirstPort has made a real difference over the last 20 months. FirstPort don’t just raise the money, their support is ongoing. They have been actively involved in our annual sleepout, collected filled rucksacks for distribution to rough sleepers, and supplied a sack of presents for each of our companions at Christmas”

Fundraising will continue throughout 2018 to help Emmaus give more homeless people a way back into life.

Nigel Howell and Tony Ferrier

If you would like to find out more about FirstPort’s partnership with Emmaus, click here.