Charity’s boost from church

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A church has raised more than £2,000 for homelessness charity Emmaus Leeds.

Following a year of fundraising activities Tingley Methodist Church, Wakefield, made a donation of £2,010 to the charity which supports 26 formerly homeless people by providing them with a stable home and meaningful work for as long as they need it.

The church has been collecting for Emmaus Leeds, its nominated charity of the year, at coffee mornings and events.

Helen Page, social committee member at Tingley Methodist Church, said: “We must have drunk a lot of tea and coffee after church this year because this is the most we have raised for a long time.

“It’s not just tea and coffee money though, it’s a joint effort from different groups. One of the most enjoyable fundraising events was the Great Tingley Bake Off in June when people from both inside and outside the church joined together to bake and celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday.”

Emmaus Leeds deputy community leader, Paul Cloke, and two companions - formerly homeless people who live and work at Emmaus Leeds - including Andy Jones were invited to the church to collect the cheque from its senior steward Maureen Wade.

Mr Cloke said: “We are delighted with the donation from Tingley Methodist Church and extremely grateful to everyone involved for their hard work and dedication in support of Emmaus Leeds.”

To support Emmaus Leeds visit www.emmaus.org.uk/leeds.