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Bailies to give free coffee to Big Coffee Breaks supporting NI Hospice

By Valerie Edwards

Published 01/10/2015

NI Hospice Ambassador, Alison Clarke (C), and representatives of Bailies Coffee get ready for the Big Coffee Break
NI Hospice Ambassador, Alison Clarke (C), and representatives of Bailies Coffee get ready for the Big Coffee Break

One Belfast coffee company is giving a free bag of coffee to everyone who signs up to organise a coffee break for NI Hospice.

People who register will receive a free bag of Bailies Specialty Coffee to host their own coffee break anywhere and anytime and collect a donation of £2 per cup of coffee served.

The Big Coffee Break kicks off today for International Coffee Day, but will continue until the end of December.

Northern Ireland’s largest charity, NI Hospice, is appealing to schools, businesses, community organisations and individuals across the country to host their very own Big Coffee Break event.

Ross Kane, business development manager at Bailies Coffee, said: “We're supplying loads of free coffee to loads of businesses to run a coffee morning themselves either at their home or their business to help generate loads of money for the charity, which will provide funding to build the new hospice center in Belfast.

“It's going to deliver a lot of care to those who need it in NI and we are big supporters of that this year. We are providing free coffee so people can turn that into currency for care for people in NI living with terminal illnesses.”

Mr Kane added: “In case this week doesn't work for people then they can host a coffee break anytime, invite friends over, get donations, and charge for the coffee, October, November and December.”

NI Hospice will also supply invitations and posters to promote and advertise an organisation or company's coffee break to colleagues and friends.

Joanna Pawson, Events Manager for NI Hospice added: “This year, we really hope we can encourage as many people as possible to hold a Big Coffee Break for NI Hospice. Every pound raised really does make a difference. This year the appeal is extra special because we hope with the public’s support to reduce the £1.6m funding gap needed to complete the new Adult Hospice in Belfast.”

Several companies and organisations are having their coffee breaks today and everyone is welcome.

Errigle Inn will have their coffee break from 10am-1pm and Hollys Coffee Company will have theirs all day.

Hollys Coffee will also donate 100 per cent of their proceeds received on October 1 to NI Hospice when customers buy a take-away coffee.

ACA Models will also host their coffee break from 10am-12pm, which was organised by Alison Clarke who is attending along with Miss NI Leanne McDowell and former Miss Northern Ireland.

Alison said: “I am really proud and honoured to join NI Hospice to launch the Big Coffee Break campaign. I hope that people will be encouraged to host their own coffee break with family, friends and colleagues.”

H&J Martin will host their coffee break from 11am – 1pm and Somerton Road Hospice will host their coffee break beginning at 10am.

To join in you can register your details via the online form below or email laura.gray@nihospice.org.

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