Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

ARTISTS' CAFE IN PLEA FOR HELP AFTER FLOOD ; 'Come for a Coffee'call as Burst Pipe Leaves Non-Profit Shop Drenched a Month after Launch.

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

ARTISTS' CAFE IN PLEA FOR HELP AFTER FLOOD ; 'Come for a Coffee'call as Burst Pipe Leaves Non-Profit Shop Drenched a Month after Launch.

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ANON-PROFIT cafe helping artists and entrepreneurs has lost thousands of pounds' worth of stock after a water main burst.

Staff at The Home of Honest Coffee on Chapel Street, in Salford, found its cellar flooded when they arrived on Tuesday.

Around Pounds 3,000 worth of stock has been ruined, including coffee beans, food and drink.

It's thought a water main running down Chapel Street may have begun leaking several days ago, with water then finding its way into the coffee shop basement.

United Utilities were on the scene fixing the leak on Wednesday.

Honest Coffee only opened a month ago and provides free space and super-fast broadband for artists, designers and entrepreneurs.

The aim is to give profits from the cafe back to the community, funding arts activities like theatre workshops in schools.

Honest Coffee founder Mark Ashmore, a film maker who runs the Future Artists network, said: "Staff arrived on Tuesday and found everything floating in about four inches of water. …

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