A community café in Somerset has lived up to its slogan of being ‘a little café with a big heart’ by donating a month’s takings to Weston Hospicecare.
Lenny’s Café in Shipham is a community-run enterprise, meaning it is wholly staffed by volunteers, while all of its delicious wares are cooked up by volunteers too.
The café – located in the heart of the village in The Square – has been running for 23 years, and is treasured by those who live in the area.
Not only does it provide a meeting place and social hub, it also ensures any surplus food is shared among poorly or vulnerable neighbours who might appreciate the help.
As a non-profit organisation, Lenny’s has always donated its profits to charities, selecting a different one each month to benefit.
Weston Hospicecare was selected to receive money raised in August, resulting in the presentation of £400 to the charity.
Janet Leek, who is one of the café’s current facilitators alongside Margaret Howell, said other recent causes which have been supported include Myeloma UK, Macmillan, Avalon Camps, Christian Aid, Reach and Shipham Brownies.
She said: “Lenny’s likes to go the extra mile; we are called the tiny café with the big heart because we like to be generous.
“It’s somewhere really very friendly and we enjoy meeting different people. I think our volunteers get as much from being here as those being served.”
Weston Hospicecare’s Simon Angear visited Lenny’s to meet the team and accept the donation.
He said: “We’re enormously grateful to everyone at Lenny’s for choosing to support Weston Hospicecare this month. It’s a marvellous donation, and one which will be put to good use supporting our work caring for people with life-limiting illnesses.
“I’d not previously been to Lenny’s, but it’s a wonderful hidden gem staffed by very friendly people, and I’d recommend dropping by for cake if you’re in the area.”
Lenny’s is open from Monday to Thursday each week, and on Saturday mornings.