Halifax company Omega Proteins has kickstarted Emmaus Bradford’s match-fundraising appeal with a generous donation of £500.  Donations made to Emmaus Bradford through the ‘Big Give website’ until noon on 7th December will doubled in size thanks to philanthropists who are part of the ‘Big Give Christmas challenge’.

We are raising funds to help cover the running costs of our free collection services, which will also provide work experience and training opportunities for local homeless people. The service collects furniture and large white goods for free from across the Bradford district, providing them to people who need them most and saving thousands of items a year from going to landfill. In 2020, the charity diverted over 7,000 items from landfill. Emmaus Bradford will use any surplus generated through the sales of furniture to pay for long-term accommodation for 26 local homeless people.

By donating to Emmaus Bradford through the Big Give website during the Christmas challenge period, which runs now until midday on Tuesday 7th December, donations will be doubled by philanthropists, trusts and foundations and businesses, making twice the impact for homeless people.

A spokesperson from Omega Proteins said: “We’re supporting this because in times of hardship and need like we have been experiencing through the pandemic, everyone deserves a helping hand. We encourage everyone to do their bit and give if you can.“

Chair of the Board of Trustees Sarah Dixon said: “We would like to thank Omega Proteins for kickstarting our fundraising appeal through Big Give with such a generous donation. By giving to our homelessness charity through the Big Give website during the Christmas challenge, kind donations, like this one from Omega Proteins, will be doubled, meaning an even bigger impact on the lives of local homeless people.”

Volunteer at Emmaus Bradford Gareth said: “Emmaus Bradford has given me a reason to get up and do something worthwhile. It’s about the joy of meeting new people and doing something with your life, which is something we all need.”

General Manager Fran Graham said, “Emmaus Bradford is on the verge of an exciting new chapter, to provide all-important accommodation, training and support to homeless people. By giving a hand-up, not a hand-out, people with experience of homelessness can reclaim their confidence, gain new skills, and regain self-worth by helping others through our furniture reuse and charitable work.

To donate to Emmaus Bradford and double your impact during the Big Give Christmas challenge, please search for the charity’s campaign page on the Big Give website here www.donate.thebiggive.org.uk

Donations are open for Emmaus Bradford from now until 12:00 PM on 7 December 2021.