A forty-year-old horse box was converted into a mobile coffee bar by Combat2Coffee for veterans’ charities Help for Heroes and Combat Stress.
Combat2Coffee was started by Army veteran, Nigel Seaman, who served in the Royal Anglian Regiment. His idea is to provide barista training to veterans so they can operate mobile coffee bars as stand-alone businesses.
Nigel brought together a group of volunteers, eighteen current and former servicemen and women, to replace the flooring, build the serving counters and fit power and water supplies.
Benchmarx Ipswich, B&Q Ipswich, Electric Center Ipswich and Keyline Builders Colchester all generously donated the materials needed for the project. The story was featured in a video interview on the BBC and Equestrian Life Magazine.
Some of the volunteers, who all live in Suffolk and North Essex, have experienced post-traumatic stress following their services in Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan.
Nigel said: “Working together rekindled some of the happier memories judging from the camaraderie developed throughout the day and the banter at the barbecue after the work had finished.”
This is the second mobile unit for Combat2Coffee. Last year they converted a Retro caravan in Colchester. This year, they are working with the Suffolk Armed Forces Covenant team at Suffolk County Council to select a series of locations and events where the mobile coffee unit can act as an informal setting for veterans and their families to talk about mental health challenges and support services available in the county.
Combat2Coffee is also able to offer a pop-up coffee bar for local events with proceeds going to Help for Heroes and Combat Stress.
For further information please contact Nigel Seaman on 07429 439766 or Nigel@combat2coffee.co.uk