British Gypsum donate building materials to Emmaus, a homelessness support charity helping vulnerable people in and around Hastings rebuild their lives, for recent renovation work
Emmaus works to the ethos of ‘providing not just a bed, but a home to those who don’t have one’. When joining Emmaus, companions – formerly homeless individuals – take part in community work and in return, gain a place to live and learn skills for future employment.
Emmaus Hastings and Rother is home to 23 companions, who run the community’s charity superstore full-time.
British Gypsum donated acoustic ceiling tiles
The store recently began to show signs of age, and needed new windows, floor coverings, ceiling tiles, and a fresh lick of paint.
When the charity needed to refurbish its superstore, it approached CRASH, a construction industry charity that builds vital spaces for homeless people and those receiving end-of-life care in a hospice.
As a founding partner of CRASH, British Gypsum donated acoustic ceiling tiles to replace the existing damaged and discoloured ones.
Niamh McCann, projects manager at CRASH, said: “Companions have been heavily involved in the project and have ensured that every ceiling tile has been put to good use – the companions are extremely grateful for the donation.
“British Gypsum have been a patron of CRASH for a very long time; we are super glad to have them as a patron and they are always very willing to help all of our projects.”