A life-long supporter of a homeless charity has been honoured with a commemorative bench.
Homelessness charity, Emmaus Village Carlton installed the bench in memory of Tony Powell in its gardens, after he helped raise many donations in his capacity as a Freemason.
Community Leader at Emmaus Village Carlton 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, gave a donation of £500, along with an additional £1,000 from The Masons.
Kim Piercey 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.”
She added: “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 for the companions (formerly homeless people supported by the charity).
“As a family, we were delighted to make a donation to Emmaus 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 companions by providing them with a stable home and meaningful work. Their community, shops and café is located at School Lane, Carlton.