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Thetford coffee shop raising a mug for community




The new manager of a Thetford coffee shop is calling on community conscious residents to go to them for their next caffeine hit.

Chantelle Hollis has taken charge of Sam’s Coffee House, in Tanner Street, which reopened last week.

The shop is part of Access Community Trust, which provides support to vulnerable people and young adults for things such as housing and employment.

Chantelle Hollis, manager of Sam’s Coffee House, hopes residents will get behind the venturePicture by Mark Westley
Chantelle Hollis, manager of Sam’s Coffee House, hopes residents will get behind the venturePicture by Mark Westley

She said: “I wanted to be part of this project because what the trust is trying to do here is amazing.

“Customers can really get involved too, the money they spend here goes straight into the trust’s work in town and that is important to me.”

Not only will sales from the café help, but Chantelle, who is a former catering demonstrator, teacher and assessor at West Suffolk College, also hopes to help those wanting to get in to the industry.

She said: “I am hoping to get volunteers, who want a career in catering or are being helped by the trust, to work here so I can train them in recognised qualifications they can use in the future.”

Anthony Parke, head of the trust’s commercial services, said he hoped the café and its support hub above the shop, called The Crossing, can make a real difference to the community.

He said: “Our hub is the first port of call for support and the café can really help with that effort.

“So we want the community to get behind it so we can help more in Thetford that really need us.”

Sam’s Coffee House is open from 9am-2pm, Monday to Friday.

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