Emmaus and Hymers College

In recent years the school has developed a close relationship with Emmaus Hull - a local charity for the homeless.

Emmaus is a remarkable charity which tackles homelessness in a quite unique way. It takes homeless people off the street, and provides them with accommodation and jobs within its workshops and retail outlets.

The work of the local Emmaus group in Hull is even more astonishing: in addition to running its large furniture store on Lockwood Street, the thirty residents are refurbishing council flats and going back out on to the streets of Hull and East Riding to work with other homeless people, giving them food and advice. The Emmaus Hull outreach programme is unique and gaining much publicity nationally.

The school has hosted several events in support of the charity over the years including welcoming the Emmaus patron, Terry Waite, who was joined by the Warrington Male Voice Choir for an evening of song and reflection as Terry spoke of his harrowing experiences as a hostage in Lebanon.

At the end of last term, the school hosted its fifth annual Charity Carol Concert with all the proceeds going to Emmaus. The concert showcased our very talented singers and musicians and we welcomed celebrity readers: Luke Campbell, Linda Barker, Damian Johnson, Carolyn Hodgson and Steve Arnott.

I am delighted to announce that this concert smashed all records in terms of funds raised. With the support of local sponsors, ticket sales and contributions made on the night we raised an astonishing £9,810.74 for this exceptional charity.