Notts businesses fund over 500 Christmas meals for city’s homeless at Emmanuel House

As we enter the new year, we are delighted to be celebrating the success of our Christmas Lunch campaign, which saw all of our weekday lunch services from 5 December being fully subsidised by local businesses.

Throughout December we asked local businesses to donate £150 to sponsor one of its weekday lunches, which can provide up to 50 hot meals. 

12 businesses across the city signed up to the scheme, sponsoring a total of 17 days, which helped the charity to save over £2,500. Employees were also invited to have lunch at Emmanuel House to gain first-hand experience of how their support has made a difference, as well as seeing how the service works on a day-to-day basis.

The campaign’s success and the demand it has created means that we are delighted to be rolling out the scheme into 2020 and we will be inviting more local companies to subsidise lunch services throughout January and February.

Denis Tully, CEO at Emmanuel House, said: “We have been overwhelmed by the amount of businesses wanting to support the centre over Christmas. Many companies often want to know how their money and donations can be used in the best possible way, especially during the winter months, and subsidising our hot meals is invaluable. With no statutory funding for our core services, we rely on the generosity and kindness of our local community to continue providing much needed support and services to Nottingham’s homeless and vulnerably housed. We serve over 50 hot meals every day, which are cooked by our wonderful chef Joe and a dedicated team of volunteers. These donations enable the team to provide heavily subsidised, nutritious and delicious food to those who need it the most.”

The 12 companies across Nottinghamshire that sponsored a lunch service during December were Retail Assist, Nottingham Building Society, UniDays, Fast Graphics, Kimberley Neighbourhood Church, Calsteph Laundry Services, Sherwood Therapy Services, Nottingham Land Registry Charity, Made By Kind, Saphire Home Improvements, Covenant Restoration Assembly, Nottingham, as well as HMRC.

The 12 companies across Nottinghamshire that sponsored a lunch service during December were Retail Assist, Nottingham Building Society, UniDays, Fast Graphics, Kimberley Neighbourhood Church, Calsteph Laundry Services, Sherwood Therapy Services, Nottingham Land Registry Charity, Made By Kind, Saphire Home Improvements, Covenant Restoration Assembly, Nottingham, as well as HMRC.

Talking about their involvement in the scheme, Alex Broxson, Head of Marketing at Retail Assist, said “Retail Assist has been supporting Emmanuel House for many years now, in reflection of the incredibly important work they do for homeless and vulnerable adults in Nottingham. As we near the Christmas season, it’s a very busy time for our customers in retail and hospitality; we are reminded of the fortunate position that most of us find ourselves in, buying and sharing gifts with loved ones and enjoying parties with colleagues and friends. We we’re delighted to sponsor a Christmas lunch, paying for the lunch service for the centre’s users on the 5th December. We all sat down together and enjoyed a tour around the centre; it was a very humbling and pretty emotional visit, understanding the stark reality that many people face every day and we were all incredibly impressed with the crucial support that’s offered by Emmanuel House to the people that need it most. It was a privilege to play a small part in that day’s service and, as a result of our visit, we will be paying for the centre’s entire costs for the 1st February – and we’d encourage any other business to take on the 1st March and onwards.”

To sponsor a lunch service at Emmanuel House in January or February, please contact Marketing and Fundraising Officer Lauren Howatson at Lauren.Howatson@emmanuelhouse.org.uk.