A cafe owner has vowed to donate 10p for every hot drink he sells between now and Christmas to a local hospice, hoping that his customers will match his generosity.
The owner of CoffeeLovers Saif Khaled is raising funds for St Joseph’s Hospice in Hackney, one of Britain’s oldest and biggest hospices.
“For every coffee I sell between November 20th and the end of Christmas, I give 10p and the customer will have the option to give 10p as well,” Khaled explained.
Over the next five weeks the father of one will be asking customers at his Hackney Central cafe on Dalston Lane for a voluntary donation of 10p per order.
The idea came from one of Khaled’s customers, Julie Bailue, a Supporter Care Officer at St Joseph’s Hospice.
“I thought: ‘why not?’ One of my friends passed away at a hospice – he had bowel cancer,” Khaled said.
“We sell 1000 cups of hot drinks a week, so over five weeks I think we can raise about £1000. The hospice relies on help and volunteers and can always use some extra money,” he added.
Established in 1905 by the Religious Sisters of Charity, a Catholic congregation of women, St Joseph’s Hospice offers free palliative care and support for terminally ill patients and their families.
The independent charity cares for more than 2,100 patients from east and north east London every year, with the help of around 300 staff and 450 volunteers.
Gemma Cornwell, Interim Director of Fundraising at St Joseph’s Hospice, said a variety of methods were in place to tackle the need for new funds each year.
“It costs £16.7 million to keep the hospice running and only half of this comes from NHS funding. It can be difficult to raise the funds each year, but we are lucky that we have a lot of loyal and generous local supporters,” Cornwell said.
Khaled said most of his customers had been happy to make the donation over the last few days: “So far a lot of people agree to pay. At the end of the day it is not that much we’re giving away.”