A Homelessness charity has installed a commemorative bench in memory of one of its long-term supporters.
Freemason Tony Powell was a keen supporter of Emmaus Village Carlton throughout his life, and the good cause has received several donations over the years from The Masons in recognition of his support.
A total of £1,000 was donated to the charity, with £380 from The Masons donations used towards the commemorative bench.
Community leader Helen Jago said: “Tony was passionate about the Emmaus ethos, believing the key to helping those struggling with homelessness is through providing meaningful work alongside a stable home. We are extremely proud to be able to pay tribute to such a generous man, who has given so much to our community. He was a true believer of the Emmaus cause.”
Tony’s son and daughter, Steve Powell and Kim Piercey, also gave a donation of £500 in their father’s memory alongside the commemorative bench, which is located in the garden.
Kim said: “My father was a great supporter of Emmaus, both on a personal level and in his capacity as a Freemason and he would have been honoured to know that a permanent memorial to him has been set up. He was passionate about helping others less fortunate than himself and always spoke very highly of the work carried out by Emmaus.
“It was a pleasure for us to visit Emmaus Village Carlton and see first-hand the marvellous work being done there and the wonderful environment that has been created.
“As a family, we were delighted to make a donation in recognition of its fine work and we hope that it will go some way towards helping others in the future.”
Emmaus Village Carlton is one of 25 communities in the UK, working to support previously homeless people by providing them with a stable home and meaningful work. Their community, shops and café is located at School Lane, Carlton.
To find out more visit www.emmaus.co.uk/village_carlton or call 01234 720826.