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FirstPort Graduates raise £2,700 for homelessness charity Emmaus

FirstPort Graduates on top of Mount Snowdon

Graduates from FirstPort Property Services, a Luton-based company and the UK’s largest residential property manager, climbed Mount Snowdon on Thursday 5 April, raising more than £2,700 for national homelessness charity Emmaus UK.

After months of training and fundraising, the graduates tackled the snow-covered mountain, along with Chloe Edwards, Learning and Development specialist at FirstPort, and Sallie Winterbottom and Maria-Angela Wells from Emmaus UK. The novice mountaineers completed the climb in around seven and a half hours.

As an official corporate partner of Emmaus, FirstPort provides fundraising support, with the total amount raised now reaching more than £78,000 since 2017. With their support four new rooms have been created for companions (formerly homeless people) at Emmaus Hertfordshire based in St Albans and another three rooms are currently being built at Emmaus Hampshire.

Spencer Park, one of the graduates and charity champion at FirstPort, said: “Climbing Snowdon for Emmaus was a massive challenge for us all. It took a lot of hard work and determination to reach the summit, but it was definitely worth it to raise money for such a good cause.

“We’re all really proud of ourselves and its really rewarding to know the money we’ve raised is going straight towards helping to get people off the streets.”

Chloe Edwards, Learning & Development specialist and the Graduates’ line manager, said: “I am immensely proud of what the graduates achieved while climbing Snowdon. We went up the hardest track which involved climbing up several metres of rock.

“The graduates all pulled together, supporting one another to get up and down the mountain safely, as well as raising both money and awareness of the amazing work that Emmaus does.”

Speaking on the expansion of the Emmaus community in St Albans, Tony Ferrier, CEO at Emmaus Hertfordshire, said:

“Thanks to the fundraising support from 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 living in our community and working in our social enterprise – and will have an opportunity to receive training and support towards a solid future and independent living.”

Emmaus supports people who have experienced homelessness and social exclusion by providing them with a home and meaningful work in a community setting. The first Emmaus community opened in Cambridge in 1992 and there are now 29 communities spread across the UK. The charity currently supports nearly 800 formerly homeless people and has supported a massive 11,500 since its beginnings 26 years ago.

Sallie Winterbottom, Corporate Partnerships Manager at Emmaus UK, said: “I was delighted to join the FirstPort team on their Snowdon trek. I would like to say a huge thank you to Spencer, Sam, Saope, Shaun, Fay, Yasmin, Ryan, Rokib and Chloe for truly pushing themselves and enduring this huge team challenge, and to all those who generously sponsored them.

To find out more about the work of Emmaus, visit www.emmaus.org.uk. To find out more about FirstPort’s partnership with Emmaus, visit https://www.firstport.co.uk/about-us/sustainability-and-community/our-nominated-charity