Sisters Claire and Joanne Rowbotham the new owners of Cafe Seraphina, next to the Seraphina Centre on Stamford Street in Ashton are reaching out to those in need with the launch of a ‘suspended coffee’ scheme.
As well as ‘suspended coffees’, where customers pay the price of an extra drink to be given to someone who needs it, they are also hoping to have a regular night where people living rough can call in for clean clothes and a home-cooked meal.
Claire, 42, said: “We are a separate business to the centre but we will work together, like a family.
“We have a notice up in the cafe which says no one should ever feel alone.
“We want to try and support the community because there are a lot of people who are really struggling. They could be homeless, having financial problems or just in need of a chat.
“We think we’re the first place in Tameside to do this. It’s just some support and a friendly face and it really does help, it can change lives.”
A large number of suspended coffees have been purchased so far, chalked up on a board in the cafe until they are redeemed. The idea originated in Italy and has since spread across the globe, with cups of kindness being served up in America, Australia and Asia as well as the UK.
Suspended coffees at Cafe Seraphina cost £1.90. For more details find the cafe’s page on Facebook or follow @CafeSeraphina on Twitter. The cafe will be officially opened by Tameside-born funnyman Justin Moorhouse at 4pm on Friday, March 27.