Cafe own­ers’ plea on cof­fee for home­less

Southport Visiter - - Front Page - BY CHANTELLE HEEDS chantelle.heeds@trin­i­tymir­ror.com @chantelle­heeds

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

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