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SMD Group donation helps city’s homeless

15th June 2015
A home providing permanent shelter for homeless people in Preston has been given a makeover thanks to one of the UK’s leading creators of luxury fabrics and wallcoverings.

SMD Group, which has its headquarters on Pittman Way, has donated 48 pairs of luxury curtains to furnish a home run by Emmaus Preston, currently housing 28 people.

Emmaus provides permanent shelter for local homeless people who in exchange are given meaningful opportunities to work in Emmaus social enterprise schemes, such as local stores.

SMD Group has also given a boost to these schemes by donating a further 30-50 pairs of curtains every month since March this year, which are being sold in Emmaus stores on Deepdale Mill Street and East Street in Leyland.

The company has also donated wall art, cushions, rugs and throws and will provide fabric which users of the charity, known as ‘companions’, can use to re-upholster and upcycle old furniture.

The proceeds of any items sold will go directly to Emmaus, and SMD has pledged to continue donating its products throughout the year.

Jason Kenworthy, managing director at SMD Group, said: “Emmaus is a fantastic charity which has changed the lives of so many people by offering not only shelter but also meaningful opportunities to work.

“SMD supports a number of local charities but rather than giving a cash donation, our end of line fabrics and products have enhanced the environment in which the companions live, and are helping to ensure the sustainability of the charity’s work in the community.”

Stephen Buchanan, Director of Emmaus Preston, said: “SMD’s donation has improved our rooms dramatically and allowed our companions to feel like their room really is a home.

“The ongoing commitment from SMD will help us to increase income and allow Emmaus Preston to make an even bigger difference by taking homeless people off the streets of Preston, and offer a stable home with support and the opportunity to regain their self-worth, making a real contribution to their community.”

Emmaus works to overcome homelessness and social exclusion and aims to create a society where everyone has a home and sense of belonging. Established in the UK in the early 1990s, the charity is helping more than 600 people nationally.

Preston-based SMD Group is made up of iLiv, iLiv Contract, Swatchbox and SMD Home.

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