09 Dec Sheffield cafe raising money to feed care home residents this Christmas
Christmas is a time for giving, and this year that spirit of festive giving seems even more pertinent than ever. That’s why one Sheffield business has decided to take it one step further by pledging to deliver a Christmas dinner, festive tipple and gift to over 100 care home residents who otherwise wouldn’t have any visitors over the Christmas period.
After a chance visit by an elderly resident, the owners of Chakra Lounge, a new addition to Fitzalan Square that also has a thriving business in Buxton, decided to contact over 20 local care homes from both Sheffield and Buxton in order to help spread a bit of joy to people who need it most this Christmas.
They were shocked to discover just how many people won’t have the opportunity to see loved ones this Christmas or have been forced to spend Christmas alone due to the pandemic, and that’s why they are asking for people’s help in this, the season of good will.
They have set up a Crowdfunder, with all the funds raised going towards providing as many Christmas meals as possible, which they then plan to deliver on Christmas Eve. People can also help out by heading over to their online shop, with all profits from purchases of their Chakra Lounge Coffee blend, Masala Chai or Turmeric Chai Latte Mix going to the scheme throughout December.
Chakra Lounge’s owner Sam said: “The idea came about because a lady, who had lost her husband and had no kids, came to the café with her care worker. She was celebrating her ninetieth birthday, but with her carer. The care worker told us that this lady didn’t have anyone to visit her, apart from her weekly visits. This made me feel very numb, so we decided to contact care homes.
“We discovered that in some care homes, there are people who aren’t expecting anyone to spend time with them this festive season. Either because of what’s going on with the pandemic or because they don’t have families who can come and see them.
“This broke our heart, and we wholeheartedly believe that everyone deserves to be happy after the year we’ve had so we’ve decided to start a Crowfunder so that we can offer 100 care-home residents a delicious festive meal, a bottle of drink and a special gift on Christmas Eve.”
This isn’t the first act of goodwill performed by the café, and the Chakra Lounge team are committed to the idea of Seva, a Sanskrit word meaning selfless service. This year alone their charitable work has included Pay it Forward schemes and Pound per table schemes, (where £1 from every table or £10 of delivery is donated to charity), as well as free school meals for kids over half term and free meals for NHS staff during lockdown.
“Giving back to society is integrated into the whole idea of Chakra Lounge and Seva. I don’t want to see anyone suffering, or spending time alone, especially at that stage of life.
The Chakra Lounge, situated next door to new arts and craft store Fred Aldous in Fitzalan Square, is a 90 per cent veggie and vegan café serving up their own unique take on Indian and British cuisines.
The quirky menu includes breakfast items like ‘Grandma’s special turmeric porridge’ and other twists on Western breakfasts only ‘If Indians did it’, as well as popular Indian snacks like maggi noodles and samosa chaat and heartier portions of curry and rice bowls.