Leamington cafe owner’s scheme aiming to help the homeless

The kindness of people like Ms Eades and her customers is a credit to the UK.

What a shame it has to be used in efforts to balance out the cruelty of people like our Conservative Government and exploitative employers who won’t pay a living wage for a hard day’s work.

A CAFE owner in Leamington is helping to feed the homeless after being inspired by a scheme in the United States.

Sophie Eades, owner of the Mashed Swede cafe in Russell Street, has been encouraging people to buy an extra meal which will then be donated to a homeless or vulnerable person.

She heard about the scheme taking off in America and decided to bring the idea across the Atlantic.

And since it started just before Christmas, generous visitors have donated more than 50 meals at a cost of £5 each.

For each donation a voucher is stuck to a board on the wall and is then used by someone in need to collect a free meal and drink.

People who donate can also take their voucher to give to a someone needing a hot meal.

Source: Leamington cafe owner’s scheme aiming to help the homeless | Leamington Observer

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20 thoughts on “Leamington cafe owner’s scheme aiming to help the homeless

  1. Mr.Angry

    I take my hat of to this lovely women and commend what she is doing and shame on what we call a government for what they have done to mankind without a thought for their fellow man.

  2. joanna

    A similar thing was set up in Costa coffee shops, but I don’t trust them enough to donate to them, so now if I see anyone who is sat begging, if I have any money I will get them something to eat and drink myself, although I feel a little embarrassed with the thanks. One time I was approached by a man who asked for some spare change, I offered him a bag of 4 sausage rolls, but he declined and said he wanted money, I just walked on, so I will always offer food from now on.

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      You were right to walk away from the man who wanted money. What would he have bought with it? It’s always best to offer food and drink.

  3. NMac

    Well done to this kind lady.

    We must however, bear in mind what Clement Attlee once said about charity. Something which all nasty Tories should be reminded of: “Charity is a cold, grey, loveless thing. If a rich man wants to help the poor, he should pay his taxes”.

  4. daijohn

    Sophie Eades is probably going beyond the moral obligation we all have to pay our taxes. We are ready to protest against the miscreants (and long may we do so) but we should also be ready to show our appreciation of actions such as hers and bring her and others like her the recognition she deserves. But does it make the news like the other side of the coin that the bloody media dwells on?
    Well done Mike

  5. mrmarcpc

    What a wonderful woman, nice to see that there’s still someone nice left is this cold hearted, dump of a country, bet the tories didn’t like reading this, bet they’re monitoring her right now, thinking of ways to ruin her, they won’t like nor tolerate someone showing kindness and helping out the plebs, this is not the Britain that they’ve helped to destroy, this is not the conservative way, look after number one, me, me, me, me, I’m all right Jack, did we learn nothing from Maggie, I bet she’s crying in Hell right now!

    1. Jonno R

      Maggie knew about providing the basics of life and wouldn’t see the population go hungry the way this lot did. Her failings were due to failing to grasp the long term outcome if her actions. she was like a caring mother to us in comparison with the incompetent despot and the ship of fools we are stuck with now.

      1. Mike Sivier Post author

        Sorry, what?
        Margaret Thatcher was intent on creating huge insecurity for working-class people, in order to make it possible for Tories and their supporters to exploit those people.
        She understood the long-term implications perfectly well – in fact, her plan was intended to be carried out over a long period of time.
        That being said, your comparison with Cameron and his Conservatives is accurate – but he only behaves this way because she made it possible.

  6. Terry Davies

    the tories will view this as inkeeping with the exploitation of the ‘ bigger society’ that is the spin which can justify them giving tax concessions on such gestures.
    should be interesting to see the long term effects of this public generosity.

  7. Dez

    Not long before this generous scheme is flushed out as a “benefit in kind” by the State tax task force !!

      1. daijohn

        I was replying to Jonno R’s comment ( at least I thought I was) and not yours. If we are playing ‘3 strikes and you’re out’ surely that was 1?
        Incidentally I lived in Llanfrynach for 3 years or so prior to 2008 – never bought the B-R once!

      2. Mike Sivier Post author

        I was editor from 1999-2000. If you were around from 2005-8, they weren’t glory years for that publication so you missed nothing.
        When I see comments that don’t seem to be clear, I seek clarification where possible.
        Are you going to clarify your comment?

  8. daijohn

    I was thinking along the lines of her famous /infamous remark in ‘Women’s Own’ magazine, in 1987, that there was no such thing as society. If so where is or was the role for the caring mother?

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