A Southampton-based international charity is making a sea change in the way it raises money as it opens its first coffee lounge in Portswood.
The BySea Coffee Lounge, at 468 Portswood Road, on the opposite corner to The Brook, opens its doors on Thursday, March 30.
All profits will go towards the work of Sailors’ Society, which supports seafarers around the world.
shop will serve BySea coffee, which the charity says is an ethically
sourced, socially responsible brand launched by Sailors’ Society last
year, with blends coming from some of the 27 countries where the charity
Sailors’ Society’s director of development, Adam Stacey,
said: “On our opening weekend, we will be selling every regular cup of
coffee at 90p – a significant number because more than 90% of everything
we own, from cars to coffee, comes by sea.
“Seafarers sacrifice a
lot to get these goods to us. Many of them come from the world’s poorest
communities, and they spend up to a year at sea at a time, facing
incredible loneliness, storms and even pirate attacks.
Coffee Lounge isn’t just a great place to relax and enjoy an excellent
cup of coffee, but also a way of giving back to these often-forgotten
men and women.”
Sailors’ Society helps seafarers through a wide range
of support services, from giving them lifts to the doctor when they
arrive in port, to offering crisis counselling to victims of piracy or
The charity also looks after seafarers’ families,
helping them if their loved ones are in crisis, and providing education
and housing in some of the poorest seafaring communities.