Coffee shop perked up charity projects

16/9/10'Dally Lea, left, and Catherine Brown have raised �4000 at the Hemel Hempstead Railway Station coffee shop.
16/9/10'Dally Lea, left, and Catherine Brown have raised �4000 at the Hemel Hempstead Railway Station coffee shop.

A CHILDREN’S charity is wishing farewell to a coffee shop that has boosted its funds by £5,000.

It will be the end of a happy relationship between Hope For Children and Puccinos coffee shop at Hemel Hempstead railway station when the owners move on and a new franchise takes over.

Coffee shop owners Dally Lea and Catherine Brown have been encouraging commuters to make a donation to the charity with their morning caffeine hits for the past five years.

Now the business partners are moving on the charity can only hope to build a similar relationship with the new proprietors.

Hope For Children’s chief executive Simon Jackman said: “£5,000 is quite a landmark and it’s a great deal of money to be raised by collection tins. We were able to use it for a variety of projects.”

Mr Jackman explained that some of the funds raised went to the charity’s small grants programme, which helps local children by paying for things their families need.

He said: “The money was collected locally so it was important to allocate some of the funds to this area.

“It is surprising how many people are on the poverty line in an affluent county such as Hertfordshire.

“This is why we have worked with Christians Against Poverty to launch a food bank.”