Charity cafe reopens in Aberdeen shopping centre after refurbishment

Cassie Thompson and Craig Stevenson in the newly-refurbished Tempo.

An Aberdeen cafe where customers pay for the time they’re there rather than the food and drinks was to reopen today with a new charity partner.

Tempo in the Bon Accord Centre has had a refurbishment and will now be raising money for the ARCHIE Foundation.

The cafe opened in November 2016, with proceeds previously going to CLAN Cancer Support, but now the official fundraising arm of Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital has taken over in a new partnership with the centre.

Instead of patrons at the cafe paying for food or drink, customers are instead charged 10p a minute for spending time in the establishment.

And all the proceeds are donated to charity.

Cassie Thompson, director of fundraising at ARCHIE, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to be in partnership with Bon Accord.

“It means a lot to us because our core work is about providing emergency grants for children and families when they need it most.

“This community space will make a huge contribution to our work, for every minute that people spend here money will be donated to the ARCHIE Foundation.

“Every day we help children and families when they find themselves in a really difficult situation.

“For example we’ll be providing emergency grants which can range from a couple of hundred pounds to £500, so that’s for travel expenses and living costs when they’re in hospital.

“Money also goes towards specialist staffing posts, but also very specialist equipment for children and their families.

“We’re looking to maintain a long-term partnership with Bon Accord and I hope that this year we’ll raise as much as we can.”

Craig Stevenson, centre manager, said: “The opportunity presented itself with ARCHIE and we wanted to do it for another year or more, and we’re delighted to partner with ARCHIE and hopefully bring a wee bit of a refresh and a new look to Tempo for this year.

“The idea was very much to create a space and to constantly work with different charity partners, to raise money and awareness for them.

“We see ARCHIE as a particularly good charity to work with locally.

“Everybody in Aberdeen kind of knows them and has got a soft spot for them, so we’re delighted to be working with them.”