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Coronavirus: Virtual coffee and cake meet-ups for cyclists in Harrogate

Coronavirus: Virtual coffee and cake meet-ups for cyclists in Harrogate

Published by Harry Long at 6:45am 7th May 2020.

Cyclists in Harrogate are meeting up in virtual cafes during the lockdown - while donating the cost of their usual coffee and cake to the Harrogate Homeless Project.

  • Cycling company Struggle Events is running virtual coffee and cake meet-ups for cyclists in Harrogate.
  • The sessions are held on Instagram every Wednesday and Saturday at 4pm.
  • The cyclists donate the cost of their usual coffee and cake to the Harrogate Homeless Project.

Cycling company Struggle Events is behind the idea, which allows cyclists to stay connected during the virus outbreak.  

The meet-ups are held every Wednesday and Saturday at 4pm via Instagram.  

Director of Struggle Events Matt Mannakee said: :

"For many cyclists, a mid-ride cafe stop is our social life. With work stress, family pressures and now the added anxiety of life in lockdown, a simple coffee and cake with like-minded cyclists means a lot. What's more, there are many people out there, through no fault of their own, who can't stay home and stay safe and we want to help them."

Struggle's Stay-Home Cafe Stop invites cyclists to grab a coffee at home and tune in live on Instagram every Wednesday and Saturday at 4pm @struggleevents.

Each cafe stop involves a different topic of discussion surrounding cycling.

Cyclists in Harrogate are meeting up in  virtual cafes during the lockdown

The Stay-Home Cafe Stops also support local Harrogate businesses by featuring a Coffee and Cake of the day. Each is sourced by a local supplier who is offering home deliveries or takeaway services. Businesses featured include Betty's, Balterzsen's Bakeri, The Kitchen, Manna Bakery, Cold Bath Brewery, Hoxton North and Prologue Performance Cycling.

The cafe stops are interactive, with guests either sending their questions in ahead of the cafe, or by typing their comments Live on Instagram during the cafe. The cafe also features a Neighbourhood Watch segment, giving dedicated local businesses and resident's a shout out and offering spot prizes. 

Matt said:

"The cafe is a lot of fun and gains lots of interaction among guests. However, we also want to use the cafe to make people aware of how lucky we are to be able to stay home and stay safe. People currently without a home cannot protect themselves from this terrible virus and they don't have a safe place to self-isolate if they have symptoms. Charities like the Harrogate Homeless Project rely on kind donations from the public to continue their great work."

You can donate to the Stay-home Cafe Stop for Harrogate Homeless Project by clicking here.