British Gypsum donates building materials for renovation to homeless charity

British Gypsum is donating building materials to Emmaus, a homelessness support charity which helps vulnerable people in Hastings and surrounding areas to rebuild their lives, for recent refurbishment work

Emmaüs aims to “provide not only a bed, but a home for those who do not have one”. By joining Emmaus, companions – formerly homeless – take part in community work and in return, gain housing and acquire skills for future employment.

Emmaus Hastings and Rother is home to 23 companions, who run the community’s charity hypermarket full-time.

British Gypsum donated acoustic ceiling tiles

The store has recently started showing signs of age and needed new windows, flooring, ceiling tiles and a fresh coat of paint.

When the charity needed to refurbish its hypermarket, it contacted CRASH, a construction industry charity that builds living spaces for homeless people and people in end-of-life care in a hospice.

As founding partner of CRASH, British Gypsum donated acoustic ceiling tiles to replace existing damaged and discolored ones.

Niamh McCann, Head of Projects at CRASH, said: “The Companions were heavily involved in the project and ensured that every ceiling tile was put to good use – the Companions are extremely grateful for the donation.

“British Gypsum has been a long-time supporter of CRASH; we are super happy to have them as patrons and they are always very willing to help all our projects.