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Lucy Pearson

Lucy Pearson is crowdfunding

64%
£1,929
raised of £3,000 target by 84 supporters

Weʼre raising £3,000 to support Tom's Diner

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To all of our lovely Customers, Friends and Followers

We started experiencing huge losses in trade due to Covid-19 as our outside catering bookings were cancelled. At the same time, our other two most important sources of income (weekday lunches and weekend brunches) dwindled away as people began to stop going out. Our concerns for our customers' and our staff's wellbeing led to us closing 3 days before the Government advice.

Unfortunately, even though we are closed, we still need to pay our bills, equipment hire, insurance and staff wages. This would have been manageable had we been entitled to access the government small business grant, or the furlough scheme, or have been able to make a successful insurance claim. While we are fighting these decisions behind the scenes, time is not on our side.

As a new business, we were just at the point of going into profit, January and February were good months for us. We do not yet have any emergency savings, and sadly if we don't access some form of funding, we will not survive. We have never asked for any help before, but this is our last resort.

We've been very keen to establish the cafe as a vibrant hub for our local community and beyond, supporting local social enterprises such as New Routes and New Ground Coffee, supporting local businesses such as Produce Warriors, Jeeves and Jericho Tea, TruLeaf Farms. We want to continue to grow our business partnerships, with ethics and social responsibility at the heart of what we do. We feel really sad and desperate to do this fundraising to keep our cafe alive, but in such difficult times this money raising campaign is our very last resort.

We are not asking for money for nothing. Please have a look at the rewards you will get in return for your donation (please see below)

Thank you for reading this far and we thank you if you consider helping us. Another way to support would be to buy gift vouchers to redeem once we reopen.

Stay safe,

Lucy and all at #TeamTom

Tom's Diner

REWARDS:

Pledge £5 or more: You get our love! Heaps of it!

Pledge £15 or more: You get a hot drink and a slice of cake/cupcake next time you visit us.

Pledge £25 or more: You and your partner/friend get a hot drink and a slice of cake/cupcake next time you visit us.

Pledge £50 or more: You and your partner/friend get a hot drink and a slice of cake/cupcake next time you visit us, plus a limited edition Tom's Diner tote bag.

Pledge £50 or more: You get a card which allows you to get a hot drink (eat in or take away) 10 times.

Pledge £100 or more You get a card which grants you free coffee or tea in 2020. (Limited to one per day) +limited edition Tom's Diner tote bag.

Pledge £150 or more You get an exclusive Tom's Diner discount card which gives you 10% off in 2020 and 2021. (For purchases made in the shop eat in/take away). + limited edition Tom's Diner tote bag and T shirt

Pledge £400 or more You get an original Tom's Diner recipe every month by email for a year. 12 recipes in total. Includes ingredients, method, pictures and pro tips +limited edition Tom's Diner tote bag and T shirt + one masterclass with one of our talented team

Fundraising information:

Funds will be spent on upkeep of the shop's premises, equipment hire, staff wages, bills and supplies to reopen. Welcome to Tom's Diner

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  • Lucy Pearson3 days ago
    Lucy Pearson

    Lucy Pearson

    3 days ago

    Hi everyone, we are just over the 60% funded mark now. THANK YOU so much. The nest step is to Covid-proof the cafe in order to keep staff and customers safe. So the next phase of our fundraising will be to go towards an acrylic screen for the counter, plus additional signage and hand sanitising stations.... I've uploaded a photo so you can see the space. I'll keep you all posted, and thanks so much for your support, Tom's is such a lovely community and that is all down to you xxx

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  • Lucy Pearson5 days ago
    Lucy Pearson

    Lucy Pearson

    5 days ago

    Hi everyone, thanks so much for your continued support. We are over half way to our target but of course the longer we remain closed, the more bills we have to pay...so we still have a way to go and we still need help, when nothing else is available to us. Please share this video, as always I am very awkward but I hope viewers get a sense of what a special place Tom's Diner is from the comments left by our beautiful supporters. Thanks so much, with love, Lucy and #TeamTom xxx

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  • Lucy Pearson11 days ago
    Lucy Pearson

    Lucy Pearson

    11 days ago
    Update from the Page owner

    Thank you! We have had so many messages of support! We are still not able to access funding, and our Insurers are still refusing to pay even though we have a good case. These donations have so far enabled us to pay some of our suppliers (also all small independent businesses) and all of our staff wage bill for March 1st to March 19th. Thank you to our wonderful community, without you, we wouldn't even be here xxx Love from Lucy and #TeamTom

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Page last updated on: 5/23/2020 17.33

Supporters

84

  • Nickolas Betts

    Nickolas Betts

    May 23, 2020

    Just breath darling! We will survive this! XX

    £40.00

  • Alison Atkins

    Alison Atkins

    May 22, 2020

    Love what you’re doing....I hope you meet your target x

    £10.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    May 22, 2020

    £20.00

  • Andy C

    Andy C

    May 22, 2020

    Hang in there Lucy, this nightmare will soon be over. Hope my small donation helps in some way X

    £20.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    May 22, 2020

    £40.00

  • Sharon Thomas

    Sharon Thomas

    May 21, 2020

    Sorry its not much.

    £10.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    May 21, 2020

    £30.00

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