• Speciality Coffee
  • Veteran Owned
  • Secure Checkout
  • Supports Charity
  • Based in UK
  • Speciality Coffee
  • Veteran Owned
  • Secure Checkout
  • Supports Charity
  • Based in UK

Paying it forward

Because we believe in giving back, we have elected to support charities and give back to the community where possible. Our chosen community project for 2019 is an award winning Community Allotment and Remembrance garden.

It provides veterans in the local community with a place to socialise, unwind, relax, reflect, reminisce and is completely accessible for all.For some, the weekly meetings are their only form of socialising, for others it’s another outlet and chance to get out of the house. The kettle is always on the boil and there's normally a spare butty kicking around if you're hungry.

Shoulder to Soldier was our first nominated charity.

It was only right with myself being a Volunteer and Caseworker, I knew what support we needed to carry on helping the forces community in the North West. That support was mainly financial and every penny counts when the pot is only so big with limited sources of income from fundraising.

Very much a veteran led project, the allotment was originally financed and cared for by a team of volunteers from the charity who raised funds and gave up their’ time to create this great outdoor community space.

A very tranquil and therapeutic space

The allotment, by Bents Home and Garden; was originally gifted to small, independent veterans’ charity named Shoulder to Soldier (Reg Charity no. 1173255)

Based in nearby Leigh, the charity was established to help both current and former members of HM Armed Forces, their families and the wider armed forces community.

One of our members; Ken (Left) is a 96 year old former Royal Marine. He is now in a wheelchair due to his medical condition, but loves getting out for a brew and a catch up. The allotment was designed with accessibility in mind, so Veterans like Ken are able to get around and make it to our weekly meets.

Here you see the evolution of the allotment from start to finish

An army of volunteers make an impact and help fellow servicemen and veterans in need.

With the dedication and efforts of trustees, volunteers, local businesses and the wider community we helped over 200 armed forces families and hosted over 30 social events. Including 5 cinema clubs, 10 fishing trips, 4 breakfast mornings and a fantastic day trip to the National Memorial Arboretum.

Linda Fisher

Linda Fisher, who founded the Shoulder to Soldier charity commented:

“The allotment is already proving very beneficial and will help improve health and well-being, team building and getting our guys out and about to meet and socialise with new people. It is fantastic. Thank you to Bents for providing this fantastic facility, which is already proving to be a very popular and thank you to the local businesses who have already supported the project by donating or reducing the price of items”.

Unfortunately, in March 2019 the charity had to close its’ doors and the future of the allotment remained uncertain. However, with the ‘esprit de corps’ you would expect to find in a group of Veterans taking pride in their project, we decided that by hook or crook we couldn’t let this come to an end.

That’s where The.Coffee.Collective. stepped in and pledged to donate £1 from the sale of each bag directly to the allotment.This will ensure the project will go on, the legacy will continue and the great work will continue to help the community.

Through your continued support and sales, we will make sure the allotment keeps up the great work, helping veterans in the community thrive.

Various stages of the remembrance garden