‘Hidden Hero’ Keith scoops top award for Emmaus Mossley service
Monday 15th April 2019 @ 16:09 by Tom Greggan
Community Mossley & Saddleworth News Tameside

A long-serving volunteer from homelessness charity Emmaus Mossley has been recognised with a national Emmaus Hidden Heroes Award.

Volunteer Keith Joint, aged 73 and from Mossley, was nominated for the Lifetime Achievement Award by fellow community members at Emmaus Mossley. 

Nominees are put forward based on their commitment, dedication and determination to go above and beyond to increase the positive impact of Emmaus communities. Winners are then selected by an independent judging panel.

Keith said: “I was totally taken aback and surprised to have received this Emmaus Hidden Heroes Award. I’ve had a warm, glowing feeling since I got the news and it’s just nice to know that I’m appreciated.”

Keith has volunteered for Emmaus since 2010, giving his time two days a week, primarily in the wood workshop, but also helping with maintenance and building improvement works. 

His furniture repairs alone have brought back into use thousands of items, saving them from landfill and generating a considerable revenue for Emmaus.

Emmaus UK has teamed up with Room to Reward to offer Emmaus companions, volunteers, trustees and staff the opportunity to be recognised by their peers and win a two-night break to reward them for the work they do for Emmaus. 

Room to Reward was created to say thank you to ‘Hidden Heroes’ – the inspirational people who do so much in the name of charity. 

Alison Hill, director of Emmaus Mossley, based at Longlands Mill in the town, said: “Keith is one of the longest serving volunteers at Emmaus Mossley and is a stalwart of our community. His dedication is inspirational and for such a humble and modest man, it’s fantastic his efforts have been recognised with an Emmaus Hidden Heroes Award.”