Rowcroft's Love Coffee receives DIY SOS makeover

20 September 2017

Rowcroft Hospice’s ‘Love Coffee’ coffee shop in Ashburton has received a makeover from DIY SOS plasterer, Chris Frediani.

Chris, who lives in the nearby village of Bickington, volunteers in ‘Love Coffee’ every Saturday afternoon and offered to give the shop’s inside walls a fresh lick of paint, free of charge.

Manager of Love Coffee and Chris’s wife, Claire Frediani, explained: “Chris and I thought it would be lovely to give Love Coffee’s interior a coat of paint, where it was needed.  

“Chris has learnt through being on DIY SOS what a difference it can make to relax in comfortable surroundings, and we felt that our customers deserved to sit in a café that was even more well cared for, especially as Rowcroft Hospice is so well thought of for its caring nature."

Chris, who has starred in popular home makeover show DIY SOS since 1999, began volunteering in ‘Love Coffee’ on Saturday afternoons earlier this year and said he was delighted to use his DIY expertise to support the shop: “The first thing I said when I walked in was that I thought the walls needed a lick of paint and I’m happy to do it.

“Knowing that I’m doing my bit to help Rowcroft support people at the end of their lives, to give people comfort at a time they need it most – that’s a nice feeling.

“It’s very rewarding volunteering on a Saturday; seeing people with a cup of tea and piece of cake and knowing that money’s going to a good place.”

‘Love Coffee’ opened in the town last year and sells a selection of coffees, teas, cakes and savoury snacks as well as books, bric-a-brac and clothing, to help generate vital funds to support Rowcroft’s services in the town.

Claire added: “The whole café has a lovely feel to it; I am keen to encourage people who haven’t yet stumbled across us to come and take a look and enjoy a delicious treat either in the café or to takeaway - who knows, you may even grab a bargain while you’re here!”

Last year, Rowcroft supported 145 people living with life-limiting illnesses in Ashburton and the surrounding villages, as well as hundreds more of their family and friends.

Rowcroft’s Head of Retail, Caroline Wannell, said: “Our ‘Love Coffee’ coffee shop is one of many Rowcroft shops that provide a vital contribution to funding the support we provide for thousands across South Devon, while helping to raise awareness of the services we provide in the area.

“We are so grateful to Chris, Claire and all our shop volunteers, for sharing their expertise with us; helping to ensure our shoppers can relax and enjoy themselves in lovely surroundings while supporting their local hospice.”

Rowcroft has a total of 16 shops across South Devon, including three Furniture Outlets in Paignton, Torquay and Newton Abbot, a tea room in Churston and newly opened Boutique in Dartmouth.

To find out more, visit www.rowcrofthospice.org.uk/shops.

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