Carrie Mertens was born in the old Beverley Westwood hospital and via East Yorkshire and a stint in Leeds, she now lives as central in Beverley as can be. She trained as a beauty therapist but life took her on a different journey and she now spends her days as a support team member at the independent Hull Collegiate School.
One of the projects she's tasked with looking after is Safi Coffee, a pupil-led project which imports coffee beans from Uganda and sells them throughout the UK, the profits being ploughed back into a Ugandan school and community. Just £180 a year pays for a child to attend school in Uganda and the project has enabled many Ugandan children to receive a good education. With other schools in the UK now coming on board, what does the future hold for the project and for Carrie's involvement?
It's fantastic to see a project which has student involvement at its core. If you want to buy some Safi Coffee for yourself, you can visit their website at https://saficoffee.co.uk/ or pop into the Beverley Minster gift shop, or the Creative Lab on Flemingate.