Gloucestershire homeless charity hit by arson attack says it will rise like a phoenix from the ashes

A charity that helps homeless people in Gloucestershire has been devastated by an arson attack but says it "will rise from the ashes like a phoenix".

Up to £6,000 worth of clothes and bric-a-brac were destroyed in two fires in storage units at the Emmaus superstore in Chequers Road in Gloucester on Monday 9 March 2020. The items were donated by the public to be sold to raise funds for the charity, which helps homeless people find accommodation and work.

Police are investigating the fires. Meanwhile the site is staying open. People are being asked to continue bringing donations as alternative space will be found. It could cost tens of thousands of pounds to rebuild the storage area.

Staff and volunteers at Emmaus are devastated by what's happened. One member of staff, who used to be homeless, was so upset he had to take a few days off.

People here are gutted but ultimately we’re going to have to rise like a Phoenix from the ashes. We need to pick ourselves up, look at it and move ourselves forward.

Joe Feeley, Chief Executive, Emmaus Gloucestershire
It could cost more than £10,000 to rebuild the storage area at Emmaus Gloucestershire. Credit: Gloucestershire Live/BPM MEDIA