Cash boost for Northampton Hope Centre

Northampton Hope Centre, a charity that supports people living in poverty, has received a £1,000 donation thanks to coffee company Jack’s Beans.

Last year, the firm pledged to donate 5p from every coffee sold across its 400 stores during the Christmas period to LocalGiving, an organisation that distributes funds to charities around the country.

More 191,000 cups were purchased from 1st November until 31st December, raising a total of £10,000. The money was split between 10 of LocalGiving’s partner charities including Northampton Hope Centre, which provides hot meals, friendship and advice to homeless and vulnerable people. It also runs a food bank to help members of the community who either cannot afford essential items or who are struggling to get out of the house due to ill health or bad weather.

Jonathan Bunting, Managing Director of Smiths News and Jack’s Beans Coffee Company, said:

“It is fantastic, not to mention humbling, to hear about the vital work being undertaken by the dedicated team at Northampton Hope Centre. Each day they provide services like hot food, clothing and workshops to those who truly need them. By providing practical support in this way, they are really helping to improve people’s health, confidence and well-being. I know that this donation will be put to good use, helping many people in the Northampton area to get ahead in their lives.”

Describing the fundraising campaign he added:

“In the run-up to Christmas we wanted to give homeless charities a boost, but rather than asking the public for donations, we decided to take the money from our coffee sales. Although 5p doesn’t sound huge, it added up to a substantial amount over just two months.”

This initiative follows another successful one run by parcel collection service Pass My Parcel, also owned by the newspaper and magazine wholesaler Smiths News. During the festive season, employees at both divisions collected more than 5,000 items of clothing for rough sleepers across the UK.

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In the run-up to Christmas we wanted to give homeless charities a boost, but rather than asking the public for donations, we decided to take the money from our coffee sales. Although 5p doesn’t sound huge, it added up to a substantial amount over just two months.

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