UK Coffee Week runs from 7–13 April 2014 and brings together lovers of coffee in an effort to provide safe access to clean water, through Project Waterfall, for people in the countries that so often grow the coffee we consume.
5 bean challenge – win coffee stuff!
This year Eden Springs Coffee Machines have partnered with Garraways.co.uk to offer a £50 voucher as a prize in the fantastic ’5 bean coffee challenge’.
Complete five coffee-related achievements, ranging from downloading the delightfully-named Hot Coffee theme song to purchasing a limited-edition London coffee guide, to be in with a chance of winning, have some fun and know you’re supporting a charity project in Tanzania that could directly save lives.
Yes, UK Coffee Week really does have its own theme song! You can listen to it here.
Ran the Ashby 20 yesterday in the lovely warm sunshine!
1200+ people turned up for the race, which is organised to coincide with London marathon training.
There was a fantastic atmosphere and great support all round from local people embracing the race as part of local culture.
Personally I was very pleased with my race with a very modest 3hrs 22min. The last two miles were very tough going but I achieved yet another milestone: every step over 19 miles was a step further than I’d ever run in my life.
I got very emotional at the end as four years ago my life was as low as it has ever been (won’t go into details) and I have been able to turn my life around – with the support and belief in me from my family and true friends (mostly my gorgeous fiance), set myself goals AND achieve them. Life is good right now
Eden water helps out again at Carsington 7+ charity run
We were delighted to once again donate water in benefit of the RSPCA Derby Carsington 7+ charity run around Carsington Water. Taking in the spectacular views across the water, the event is organised and staffed by Derby & District RSPCA who provided much needed Eden liquid refreshment to the runners!
The event also incorporates the Stones Island Spin, and short one-mile family race.
The photos below show it was another very successful event!
Eden Springs donate water to a range of charity fundraisers, and we’ve decided to find out a bit more about some of them. First up are the Three Belles, a 40s-style vocal group who are raising money for The British Legion by adopting the Ministry of Food 1944 ration book diet!
Tell us a bit about yourselves?
We are a professional vocal trio who have been performing as a company for 3 years. We sing in the 1940s style of The Andrews Sisters in three part harmony, and we tour far and wide, performing at all kinds of events. We also produce our own 1940s theatre shows and experience nights.
How has Eden Spring’s donation of water helped you with your fundraising?
Well us Belles go through a lot of water when singing, so whilst we are eating only rations this week, it is nice to have some good bottled water to see us through the gigs!
Why did you decide to do your Ration Book Challenge?
We adopted The Royal British Legion Surrey as our charity this year and we aim to do as much as we can for them to help raise awareness and money. The Ration Book Challenge seemed like a fun thing to do, in keeping with our 1940s theme, and hopefully will raise some cash for this amazing charity. We have learnt a lot about rationing over the years and have always imagined what it would be like, but now we can live it and see how hard it really was for civilians in WW2.
Why did you choose to raise money for The British Legion?
The RBL “Helps serving members of the Armed Forces, ex-Service men and women and their families, now and for the rest of their lives”. This touched us as we meet a lot of war veterans at the 1940s events, military events and care homes that we sing at. They always have such incredible stories to tell us and often they are in need of a great deal of care. They have made a great sacrifice to serve for our country and so it is our duty to help care for them afterwards, and us girls want to do whatever we can to help these brave people.
Is this the first time you’ve raised money for charity? If not, how else have you raised money and who for?
We have performed at many charity events before for Macmillan, Help For Heroes, and some smaller local and private charities. We have held auctions and raffles to raise money for charities and often donate our CDs and merchandise for raffles and auctions when requested.
Why do you think raising money for charity is important?
There are charities for a reason. People clearly need help outside of state funding and that is why a charity such as The Royal British Legion needs so many volunteers and fundraisers- because there are so many people in need. When you see how expensive a wheelchair or hospital equipment is, you can see how important it is that they raise the funds quickly. From our point of view, it is important for us to raise awareness also for the charity. We are in our early 20s and charities such as the RBL need young people to start getting involved.
What would be your advise for others trying to raise money for charity?
Aim for a target slightly higher than you think is possible; that way it really pushes you to get the sponsors or donations that you need. Be creative and make a sacrifice – friends and family love to see you suffer!
Eden Springs were delighted to provide water to assist the Old Town Festival in Swindon recently. A fabulous day of fun and music was had by all despite occasional efforts by the weather and we congratulate everybody for the effort made and look forward to more in 2014. If you have a charity or not-for-profit event you could benefit from a free donation of water from Eden Springs.
We recently supplied a water donation to the RSPCA Carsington 7+ mile race and ‘Stones Island Spin’ 1 mile race, held at the quite lovely Carsington Water reservoir (a place one of two the Eden team know well).
Victoria from Derby & District RSPCA was kind enough to give us some nice feedback and a selection of pictures from the event, which is already becoming a firm favourite in the region’s running calendar.
Just wanted to say a huge thank you for your water donation, all the runners were very appreciative!
The race was a huge success with over 400 entrants, plus an additional 45 took part in The Spin, which is a 1-mile run that allowed families and children to get involved too.
This year UK Coffee Week ran from the 22–28 April and brought together a variety of product offerings, activities and public events (including the London Coffee Festival) – all in aid of Project Waterfall.
Project Waterfall aims to improve the lives of those living in African coffee-growing countries by giving them better access to clean water through hygiene and sanitisation. Sickness from unclean water is a constant threat for places like Tanzania, where only 54% of the population have access to a clean water source. Even then, these people sometimes have to walk up to 2 hours a day just to reach a clean source of water. So really, this week is in aid of a fantastic cause.
UK Coffee Week launched in 2011 and has grown considerably since then. In 2012 over 300 thousand people were involved from supporters and sponsors to fundraisers and organisers. The flagship initiative of the UK Coffee Week is Coffee@Work, which encourages workplaces who enjoy coffee as part of their working day to fundraise for Project Waterfall – the workplace initiative is sponsored by popular coffee brand Kenco.
In addition to the Coffee@Work initiative there are a variety of other ways to fundraise during the week; consumers are asked to make a voluntary 5p donation when they purchase coffee at participating vendors, participating coffee operators offer to match consumer donations as well as making their own corporate donations and participating venues offer spaces to hold fundraising events such as bake sales and karaoke nights.
Coffee@Work ties in nicely with Eden Springs’s WellBeing and Energy@Work initiatives, which stress the value of drinks and beverages at work for motivation, energy and health.
London’s coffee fest
UK Coffee Week happily coincides with the London Coffee Festival which takes place from the 25–28 April this year. The Festival celebrates London’s thriving coffee scene and brings together coffee enthusiasts, professional baristas, independent coffee shop owners and coffee experts to share their experiences and love of coffee. There are also coffee/food matchings, a scientific coffee lab, demonstrations and live entertainment throughout the festival.
You can get the ball rolling for 2014′s UK Coffee Week by organising a Kenco coffee machine for your office and requesting a Coffee@Work sign-up pack. Don’t just let coffee be your guilty pleasure – make it count!
As part of our ongoing and very popular ‘free water for fundraisers’ initiative we donated bottled water for a couple of the Meningitis Research Foundation’s fantastic fundraising events:
A huge thank you to Eden Springs for generously donating 200 bottles of water for use at two major fundraising events. Our Grand Ball held in London in March raised £37,815 and our annual student collection in April raised a further £31,220.19. The money raised from both these events will allow us to continue our vital work into the prevention, detection and treatment of meningitis and septicaemia and support those affected by them.
Mike Taylor, Head of Fundraising Meningitis Research Foundation
Very impressive fundraising figures I’m sure you’ll agree! Well done to everybody involved and we’re delighted to have helped such a great cause.
Access to clean and safe drinking water is correctly seen as an important human right, and the day aims to increase awareness of the difficulties huge numbers face in accessing this vital resource. Millions of people across the globe are forced to drink dirty water daily in order to survive, causing disease, ill-health and suffering.
The day has been celebrated since 1993, following a United Nations Conference on Environment and Development recommendation the previous year. The theme for 2013′s event is the “International Year of Water Cooperation”.
You can follow World Water Day initiative on Twitter with #waterday, or see pictures and donate at waterday.org.