Emmaus Village Carlton benefits from Swan Hotel refurbishment

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Emmaus Swan Hotel
From left to right: Michael, Shannon and Christian all of whom are Companions (beneficiaries of the Emmaus charity), surrounded by some of the donated furniture.

As the Bedford Swan Hotel undergoes a complete refurbishment, Emmaus Village Carlton has benefited from a bumper furniture donation.

The hotel’s restaurant and 113 guest bedrooms are all receiving a makeover during the next 10 months, with the first 25 bedrooms to be completed by the end of May.

Keen for the hotel’s old furniture to go to a good home, general manager, Malcolm Wyse, contacted the Bedford Independent to ask if we could suggest a suitable local recipient.

We were delighted to put him in touch with the team at Emmaus Village Carlton, who were equally thrilled with the donation.

“Emmaus is a unique charity that supports homeless people back into employment and social independence by offering a bed and somewhere stable to live for up to 42 residents,” said Tom Blight, re-use and recycling manager at Emmaus Village Carlton.

“The collection and resale of pre loved furniture and household goods plays a massive part in enabling us to do that.

“The money raised from this incredibly generous donation from the Swan hotel will play a huge part in helping us to achieve our goals and we couldn’t thank them more.”

The Swan Hotel’s restaurant has already seen a significant transformation into the new Pen & Cob British Brasserie.

Out with the old: The donated furniture has made way for the Swan Hotel’s new-look Pen & Cob brasserie
“The furniture from the previous classic-look 90 seater restaurant has been donated to Emmaus together with some of the furniture from our guest bedrooms,” said Malcolm Wyse.
“The Swan Hotel has been an integral part of the local community for many years and we are proud to continue that tradition.
“We are delighted to be supporting Emmaus charity, their hard work and solidarity is incredible and offers huge opportunity for people to rebuild their lives.”
The donated furniture is available to buy at Emmaus Village Carlton, open to the public Tuesday – Saturday 9.30am – 4.30pm and Sunday 10am – 4pm.