Cafe owners’ plea on coffee for homeless
ASOUTHPORT cafe is appealing to the public so they can continue to offer “suspended coffees” to homeless people.
Cafe Delight, located on Wesley Street in Southport, has been offering ‘suspended coffees’ for just over five years.
Suspended coffees is a scheme that allows customers to pay for a coffee they will not receive, which can then be given to a homeless person to takeaway.
Takeaway coffees cost £2 at the venue, and Cafe Delight owners will match your donation. This means that two suspended coffees can be donated to the homeless for just £2.
However, donations have dropped in recent weeks and the owners of the venue are struggling to cover the costs alone.
Laura and Cuan Arch, owners of Southport Christian Book Centre and Cafe Delight, launched a Facebook appeal to welcome donations.
They said: “Over the past few weeks we have found it increasingly hard to keep up with the demand for suspended coffees. We having still been giving them out but paying for them ourselves.
“However, business is quiet this time of year and we can’t keep doing this alongside all our other costs.
“If you feel you would like to support this work by enabling us to give out a hot drink, an encouraging word and a big smile then please get in touch.”
Cuan said that the cafe used to give five or six suspended coffees out each day when the scheme started, but now the number has risen to 25 to 30.
He added: “It was only a small scheme when it began but now we have so many people visiting on a daily basis, which is great as you get to keep updated and speak to them.
“However, trying to find the money to pay for the suspended coffees and run a business – it can prove quite difficult.”
Cuan said: “It’s an international project to help people and we wanted to get involved.
“We try to offer what we can, there has been many people we have met and have been able to point them in the right direction for help, or help them ourselves.
“We want to do what we can, we’d like to be able to do more.”
Since they launched the appeal on social media, their customers have been “very generous.”
Laura and Cuan intend to continue to offer the suspended coffees to homeless people in the area, and continuing support is needed to make that happen.
To find out more about the scheme, or make a donation, visit Cafe Delight or contact the owners on 01704 542226.
Cafe Delight in Wesley Street, Southport