Grubs up for needy at cafe

Sue Seddon from Sue's Curiositea and Coffee Shop has introduced a 'Pay it Forward' scheme for people in need
Sue Seddon from Sue's Curiositea and Coffee Shop has introduced a 'Pay it Forward' scheme for people in need
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Diners at a popular family-run cafe are helping to feed some of the Fylde coast’s neediest people.

Customers at Sue’s Curiositea and Coffee Shop in Layton have been raising hundreds of pounds as part of a unique ‘pending’ scheme.

While tucking into a full English breakfast or enjoying a hot cup of coffee, they have been able to donate their change or the value of a meal to a huge blackboard inside the cosy cafe.

Tokens are then handed out to the resort’s homeless population and needy that can then be exchanged for a hot drink, bowl of soup, and a sandwich.

Owner Sue Seddon said: “It’s amazing. We have been putting the heart back into the community.”

The 41-year-old, who grew up in Layton and now lives in Woodland Avenue in Thornton, said she became inspired after reading about a similar scheme that launched earlier this year.

A group of Fylde coast teenagers taking part in the National Citizen Service enlisted around 15 resort cafes, although their project focused on customers primarily buying cups of coffee for those who can’t afford it.

More than £130 has been raised so far, with tokens sent to the Comfort Zone soup kitchen, based at the North Shore Methodist Church in Dickson Road.

The cafe, which has an average rating of 4.5 out of five on Trip Advisor, also plans to work with St Mark’s Church in Westcliffe Drive, Layton, Streetlife in Blackpool town centre, and the New Life Community Church in Revoe.

Sue added: “This will carry on for as long as we have the shop. There will always be someone who needs a meal.”