Bedford man eats lunch at Clarence House with Camilla to celebrate Emmaus’ 30th birthday

Bedford man Geoff Curle came to rub himself with royals to help celebrate the 30th anniversary of the homeless organization Emmaus.

Geoff Curle – formerly supported by Emmaus Village Carlton – attended a luncheon event at Clarence House and met the charity’s Royal Patron, Her Royal Highness, the Duchess of Cornwall.

He was one of 30 people supported by Emmaus communities across the UK to be invited to lunch with the Duchess.

Geoff Curle (third from left) and guests from Emmaus with Her Royal Highness, the Duchess of Cornwall and Emmaus the President of the United Kingdom Terry Waite

Geoff said: “I was a wonderful day and an amazing event. I was honored to be elected to represent Emmaus Village Carlton and get the chance to meet the Duchess.

“She was extremely friendly and took the time to talk to everyone. Clarence House is a beautiful place and it was moving to be there and celebrate 30 years with a charity that means so much to me.”

Geoff joined Emmaus Village Carlton in 2009 – and was supported for five years when he was in danger of becoming homeless.

Emmaus gave him a home and work until he felt ready to move into self-employment. He continues to volunteer for the charity each week to thank them for their help when he needed it most.

The event was part of the 30th anniversary celebration of Emmaus in the UK, reflecting on what the charity has achieved over the last three decades.

Originating in France, the first Emmaus community in the UK opened in 1991 – there are now 29 across the country, supporting more than 850 former homeless people by providing a safe home, education, tailor-made support and meaningful work in a social enterprise.

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