On March 31st 2015 at 17:05 pledges closed on the Cookie Bar Bus Crowdfunder campaign, with the team surpassing their £15,000 target. The Cookie Bar, a social enterprise in Hindhead, has raised £30,000 to turn a 1960s London Routemaster bus into a pop-up café. A phenomenal £16,210 was raised online with some backers volunteering their time when the conversion is complete. This generosity and exposure also led to a number of donations offline which topped up the total to £30,000.
In just 35 days, the Cookie Bar Bus had 185 backers who contributed to the project in exchange for various rewards including; a hamper of products, a private session in a recording studio and hiring the bus for an event. Downstairs will be transformed into a fully functioning kitchen while the upper deck will have customer seating and tables. With the full conversion costing close to £100,000, the majority of which has been generously donated by COINS Global, this final amount was opened up to the public, allowing them to get involved in this exciting social enterprise.
It’s been wonderful to have this support from colleagues, friends and strangers. For us crowdfunding wasn’t about the amount individuals contributed, it was the concept of inviting new people to get involved and become part of the project. It’s opened up the enterprise to people who haven’t visited the Cookie Bar to become part of this journey. We’re ambitious for the Cookie Bar – next year we want to be serving customers at top UK events – we’re thinking Glastonbury – and selling great products, the profits of which go to schools and communities.Abigail Deffee, COINS Foundation
The Cookie Bar Bus will provide an opportunity to increase revenue, by attending a variety of festivals and events throughout the year and support social enterprise. To see how the team got on and watch their campaign video visit crowdfunder.co.uk/cookie-bar-bus and to make an online donation visit justgiving.com/coinsfoundation or call 01753 501000.