Alder Hey Children’s Hospital is close to our hearts at His & Hers. I spent a chunk of my childhood there, having skin grafts and treatments that transformed my life. Many, many children will have reasons to be grateful for their care.
Feature by Jean Hill
Bean Coffee Roasters has reunited with Alder Hey Children’s Charity ahead of the festive season. The result has brought a Christmassy blend to its customers that will help raise much-needed funds for Liverpool’s iconic hospital.
Five pounds is to be donated to the charity with every bag of the new blend sold.
Named after Alder Hey’s elephant mascot, ‘Oli’s Blend’ was specially crafted by members of the hospital’s charity department. This was during a recent trip to Bean Coffee’s roastery at Brunswick Business Park.
The Alder Hey charity team learnt all about roasting and how to use their tasting and smelling senses to find different flavour notes. At the end of the session, everyone came together to select which of the single origin beans would make up the blend. Unanimously a mix of Brazil DBarbosa and Ethiopia Chelichele was chosen.
Oli’s Blend will be available to buy online from Wednesday, November 9, in Bean stores around the North West. In the Alder Hey charity shop website the blend will be available from Monday, November 14. It will cost £8 for 200g, with £5 being donated to support the great work that Alder Hey does.
Speaking about the partnership, managing director of Bean Coffee, Jon Whyte, said: “It has been a real privilege to work with Alder Hey Children’s Charity throughout this year, as it is such a great local cause.
“We want to try and raise as much as we can, along with our customers, and a great way for us to do that was to create a special festive blend.
“We really enjoy the blend the team selected…We hope lots of people get to enjoy it as their first cup on Christmas morning.”
Cath Harding, head of community fundraising for Alder Hey Children’s Charity, was part of the team who created the new blend and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. She said: “It was fabulous to spend the afternoon with our friends from Bean, learning all about the origins of its coffees and soaking up the team’s enthusiasm and love for their craft.
“I was just delighted to help choose the Alder Hey Christmas blend and can’t wait to taste it over the festive season!”
Becky Parsons, corporate partnerships officer at Alder Hey Children’s Charity, said: “Our partnership with Bean Coffee is really special to us…The charity team is so excited that we’ve been able to help choose the special blend for our Christmas coffee.
“With a very generous £5 from every pack going to Alder Hey, we hope that the new blend will be a really popular choice this Christmas.
“Every pack sold will help make a difference to the children and young people we care for at Alder Hey.”
This will be the second product that Bean has created with Alder Hey. The Special Edition Brazil DBarbosa launched in March and is available to buy online and in stores.
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Alder Hey Children’s Charity is a registered charity, number 1160661
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