Hello my name is Christine Deponio and I am the owner, founder and manager of Emmanuel House.

I trained for six years in alternative and complementary therapies and worked as a voluntary therapist for a number of years at St Bede’s palliative care in Dunston Hill hospital and also on the chemotherapy unit and cancer wards at the Queen Elizabeth hospital.

In 1999 I was given a vision and knew that I had to dedicate my whole life to the people; however it took me three years to fully understand the vision I received, what I had to do and where it was to be. Then in January 2002 everything was revealed to me by the unfortunate passing of Dianne King who was one of my patients whom I loved and cared for and was an inspiration to all who met her.

So by using our life savings and taking out a second mortgage we converted our family home in order to meet the needs of others and on January the 8th 2003 Emmanuel House was officially opened in memory of Dianne King and to all those for whom I had the privilege of caring.

My aims for the future are to expand even further by planning to move Emmanuel House into larger premises situated within suitable grounds. This will mean that Emmanuel House will become both a holistic therapy day centre and also a place of retreat for cancer sufferers, the terminally ill and their families.

In 2005 I relaunched my album ‘Love is a Gift’ onto CD and on November the 8th 2013 I launched my autobiography ‘Blind Courage’ which financially will all help towards furthering my work for the people in the community.

I also organise all fundraising events but always really appreciate anyone else willing to hold a fundraising event in aid of Emmanuel House and I am also available for talks, music and ministry.

If you would like to learn more about what I am up to visit my blog.

– Christine Deponio