Coffee roaster Bewley’s pledges to raise £20,000 for the Peak District National Park Foundation

Coffee roaster Bewley’s has pledged to raise £20,000 for the Peak District National Park Foundation, as part of its commitment to support the local community.

Bewley’s – which has a roastery in Meltham, Yorkshire, on the edge of the National Park – is supporting the Peak District Foundation as a Gold Peak Partner.

In the new partnership, 20p from the sale of every pack of Grumpy Mule Dark Peak coffee will be donated to support conservation and engagement work in the Park.

Gus Lunt, commercial director at Bewley’s, explained: “Community has always been very important to us. As a business, we have been a big advocate of paying Fairtrade premiums on our coffee purchases to support our coffee growing communities. In the same way, we wanted to formalise our long-standing support for the local community, where our coffee is roasted.

“As the UK’s original national park, the Peak District has always been close to the heart of both our local community and the nation, but the last few challenging years have led to many people rediscovering nature or, indeed, finding it.  So, this partnership really recognises the value of our local environment and the role it plays within our communities.”

The new Gold partnership, which includes an initial £5k investment from Bewley’s, will see 20p from every bag of Grumpy Mule Dark Peak coffee, which is delicately sourced from El Salvador and Brazil, donated to the foundation. The coffee is available in a range of cafes across Yorkshire – and nationwide – and is available to buy from Ocado, Waitrose and Tesco.

Sarah Slowther, fundraising development manager of the Peak District National Park Foundation, added: “We’re delighted to welcome Grumpy Mule Coffee as a Gold Peak Partner. This partnership will help us to care for the spectacular landscapes of the National Park, making this special place more accessible to everyone.”

Key projects from the Foundation include moorland restoration, which re-wets the moors to store carbon and prevent wild fires and flooding; working with schools to help children learn about the natural world on their doorsteps; protecting native species and habitats and partnering with cities surrounding the National Park to connect people who need the healing power of the natural world.