House of Bread receives a slice of the Cash

Stafford charity House of Bread, which 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 House of Bread, 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, visited House of Bread on 22nd February to present the cheque. During his visit he met the volunteers and service users, and also took a tour of the facilities.

He said: “It was fantastic, not to mention humbling, to see the vital work being undertaken by these volunteers. Each week they come in and cook a much-needed hot meal for those who really need it, while also creating a place where people can feel warm and safe. It’s a simple idea, but one that really improves a person’s health, confidence and well-being. Having seen it for myself, I know this donation will be put to good use.”

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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