Eric is selling coffee at Leicester’s Christmas ice rink

A coffee van with a difference has set up home in Jubilee Square next to the city’s Christmas ice rink.

‘Eric’ started out as a caravan trailer, which was formerly used by Eric’s Ice Cream – a well known Leicester company which had vans around the city and a hut at Bradgate Park.

Now converted into a coffee van, Eric is being used by Leicester charity The Bridge, with all proceeds going to support the homelessness services the charity offers.

The Bridge already has a converted milk float, called Ernie, which is also used as a coffee van.

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Those visiting Eric in Jubilee Square will find a wide range of drinks available, from regular latte and cappuccino, to Christmas specials such as winter spice, eggnog and gingerbread lattes. You can also enjoy a hot chocolate – with a white chocolate variety available.

Vegans are well catered for, with a selection of delicious treats from Chocoholic_Leic, and there are vegan hot chocolates and chai lattes.

Eric will be in Jubilee Square until January 6, 2019.

Prices start at £2 for a coffee, £2.50 for cappuccino, latte or hot chocolate (regular or white ), and it is an extra 50p for a festive syrup.

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The funds go to a range of services offered at the charity – from paying the building rates, to art therapy sessions and towards feeding the guests.

At least £1 per drink goes to The Bridge, which equates to one meal for a homeless person or rough sleeper.

In the warmer months, Eric will be used to serve milkshakes and ice creams.

Unfortunately, Eric has a small leak in the roof, for which The Bridge is looking for assistance in mending. Additionally, the charity would greatly appreciate sponsorship for the cups used.

If you can help, email: coffee@leicesterbridge.org

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