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!!
WE WIL DONATE 5% OF ALL DONATIONS TO OUR GOOD FRIENDS AT DISABILITY SPORT UK.
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!
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