The Lift Up Cafe Covid-19 Survival Fund

by Sian Marie Evans in Urmston, England, United Kingdom

The Lift Up Cafe Covid-19 Survival Fund

Total raised £3,911

raised so far



The Lift Up Cafe is reaching out to our supporters to help the cafe and the team survive the COVID-19 pandemic. Pre-pay for vouchers

by Sian Marie Evans in Urmston, England, United Kingdom

We're still collecting donations

On the 24th May 2020 we'd raised £3,745 with 91 supporters in 41 days. But as every pound matters, we're continuing to collect donations from supporters.

The Lift up Cafe is reaching out...  

We finally have to admit that without some extra financial support we aren't going to come out the other side of this with our jobs or a cafe. Do you love the cafe and the staff enough to give them a helping hand? Why not pre-purchase a voucher ready for when we re-open!

What you get in return...

If you are able to chip in to help The Lift Up Cafe, then quite frankly you are amazing!! So, thank you.

Your donation is like buying yourself a voucher for The Lift Up Cafe that you can redeem at any point in the future once the cafe is able to reopen. Rewards vary from cakes to meal vouchers, T-shirts to luxury packages! All donations are at least, rewarded with cake!!


                            GET YOURSELF YOUR VERY OWN LIFT UP TEE!!                     


The guys who work for DSUK do an amazing job and we would also like to support them thorugh this difficult and uncertain time. Check out what they do at....



On March 21st the Lift Up Cafe was forced to close its doors along with every other cafe, bar, restaurant and pub in the United Kingdom. We suddenly had zero income. 

That was an extremely hard day for everyone which left us all wondering what would happen next. How will the cafe survive? How will we survive? What the hell is going on???


Who we are...

On January 4th, 2019 we were in an unknown world, opening the doors to a small independent cafe inside one of Manchester's most iconic buildings, slap bang in the middle of the massive commercial district that is Trafford City. The Lift Up Cafe is situated inside the building that is BEYOND, home of The Chill Factore, Manchester's indoor ski slope. We love being in this building, there is a HUGE sense of community and it is home to many other owner-ran, independent businesses.

It didn't take long for us to build our amazing customer base; creating a space together for anybody to use as a sanctuary, an office, a meeting room and of course somewhere to go and hang out, chill out and eat on their lunch break.

We serve skiers, snowboarders, friends, staff, family and strangers with top quality, freshly prepared food, cooked right in front of their eyes!

There are a lot of staff working in and around BEYOND, they have become part of The Lift Up family and we want to continue to support them on their return back to work at some point in the future. 

We also support many charities by donating cakes, advertising for free, giving away vouchers, creating special charity menus and having a DSUK collection box on the counter (many staff tips end up in there!).

All we wish for is to be able to carry on building these special relationships, whilst serving our food with love, in the BEYOND community.

Why are we crowdfunding?

I didn't want to run a crowd funding campaign, I am stubborn and wanted to try and help the cafe myself by sitting it out with the money that was in the bank and waiting for the help that is being offered by the banks and the government. Unfortunately, like thousands of others, we are still waiting for the government help and for the banks to reply, but it has now come to a point where the cafe's money reserves are running very low and there is no income coming in. 

We want to be able to support our staff for the coming weeks (or months), we have rent to pay, bills to pay and when we are allowed to reopen... there's going to be a lot of stock to buy!


Number Crunching

We are being quite reserved by asking for £10,000 by the means of crowdfunding. 

In order to pay my staff, the bills, the rent etc... even whilst closed, costs around £2,000 a week. We have already been closed for three weeks and expect to be closed for at least two months, however it is looking more likely to be a three month closure in total. A closure of three months will cost the cafe approximately £24,000, so I am keeping my fingers crossed for the business rate grant of £10,000 to be deposited soon!

With extra donations and help from The Lift Up Family, we can top up the grant to stay afloat and ease the pressure off reopening. This pandemic has the potential to go on a lot longer, keeping businesses like The Lift Up closed, so we are all going to need any extra help that we can get.

Stay safe out there friends and remember to look out for each other! x


                   THANK YOU!!

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This project offered rewards

£15 or more

£15 Lift Up Cafe T-shirt

LIFT UP CAFE TEE SHIRT... You too can now pretend that you work with us by prancing about in your very own Lift Up Cafe T-shirt!!

£5 or more

£5 Donation

CAKE... If you can spare a fiver we will repay you with any piece of our homemade cake once we have reopened!

£10 or more

£10 Donation

COFFEE & CAKE... If you can donate £10 you will recieve not only a piece of homemade cake but you will recieve a coffee of your choice too!

£25 or more

£25 Donation

MAIN, DRINK & CAKE for TWO! If you donate £25, we will greet you on the other side of this pandemic with 2 mains, 2 drinks and 2 cakes!!

£100 or more

£100 Donation

MAIN FOR TWO + DRINKS + DESSERT + T-SHIRTS + A WHOLE CAKE... If you are donating £100, you have a heart the size of a blue whale's! In return we will feed TWO of you with a main, a drink and a dessert each. You will also recieve two Lift Up Cafe T-shirts, AND a full, 3-tier occasion cake, available to custom order for any date!

£200 or more

£200 Donation

MAINS FOR 4 + DRINKS + DESSERT + PROSECCO + T-SHIRTS + A WHOLE CAKE... If you are donating £200, you are amazing! In return we will feed FOUR of you with a main, a drink and a cake each with a bottle of prosecco for the table. You will recieve a Lift Up Cafe T-SHIRT each, AND recieve a full, 3-tier occasion cake, available to custom order for a date of your choice!

£300 or more

£300 Donation

PRIVATE COOKING/BAKING CLASS FOR 6! For your donation of £300 you will recieve a custom built, PRIVATE cooking or baking class for SIX people, prosecco included of course!! All ingredients will be provided and you get to keep all your delicious creations! You can choose to do this at the cafe or at your own home. All of you will recieve T-shirts too!

£500 or more

£500 Donation

PRIVATE PARTY CATERING FOR 25 PEOPLE!! This one is for the more flashy supporters who might have an extra bit of disposible income! A donaion of £500 (THANK YOU SO MUCH!!), will see you get your own private party catered for, either at the cafe or at your own home (within a 1 hour drive of Manchester). You will recieve a custom made menu of canapes, prosecco and desserts for up to 25 people!!

£1,000 or more

£1000 Donation

3 COURSE VIP MEAL FOR 8 GUESTS + CANAPES + UNLIMITED PROSECCO + T-SHIRTS + LIFT PASSES FOR THE CHILL FACTORE!! Come to the cafe and be treated like superstars with a 3-course meal for eight guests, canapes, unlimited prosecco, T-shirts for everyone AND EIGHT, two hour lift passes for The Chill Factore to use either before or after your VIP lunch!

£5,000 or more

£5,000 Lift Up VIP for EVER!!

NEVER PAY FOR ANYTHING IN THE LIFT UP CAFE EVER AGAIN!! This is a silly one rather than a serious request... but... you just never know how many secret millionaires you know! If you are mad enough to donate this amount, you will NEVER, EVER have to pay for anything in the cafe ever again. You could come in three times a day and not have to pay a penny. Obviously you will recieve a Lift up Cafe T-Shirt and a custom order cake for any date!!

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