It was wonderful to have a visit from the Duchess of Cornwall

Britain's Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, visited a homeless charity yesterday (10.12.09).

The duchess - who is the patron of Emmaus UK - visited the homeless charity's community in Coventry, where she toured the house and grounds and learnt about their work, as well as putting the finishing touches on their Christmas tree.

Vicki Urch, general manager, said: "It was wonderful to have a visit from the Duchess of Cornwall. All of us here at the community had a chance to talk to her and she helped to decorate our tree.

"She was very interested in the work we do and talked warmly and at some length with the residents. She really gave us a lift at a time of year which is not always easy for people who have been homeless."

Emmaus offers a long-term solution to homelessness, including a home and the chance to regain self respect in supportive communities.

Residents work on the community business, renovate and re-sell donated furniture.

The house in Coventry, which is known as The Old Vicarage, only reopened last year after shutting for refurbishment, and currently houses 15 people.

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