Damescena’s big gift to help sick kids


Birmingham coffee house and cafe Damascena has celebrated its birthday by raising £8,000 for Acorns Children’s Hospice.

Back in June, the Damascena pledged to donate 10% of total sales during its 7th birthday week to the cause.

Dedicated to helping the families of local children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions, Acorns allows them to make the most of their time together.

The idea proved popular with customers and the city-wide business raised £7,168  across its four sites, generously bumping it up to £8,000 before writing the cheque.

West Midlands Combined Authority Mayor, and Acorns Ambassador, Andy Street met Damascena’s Anas Zein Al-Abdeen to accept the cheque.

Anas, managing director, aid: “We’re both grateful for and proud of what we’ve achieved over the past seven years and wanted to mark this milestone by repaying the kindness that Birmingham has shown us.

“We don’t think we could‘ve celebrated in a better way than by fundraising for this truly worthy community cause.

“Thank you so much to our customers who have supported us during this time.

“We couldn’t have done it without you. And the money you’ve raised will be used to help bring some light to local families in the most difficult of circumstances”.

Damascena is an independent coffee shop that specialises in freshly made Middle eastern cuisine.

Established in 2014, the successful business now operates four venues across the city of Birmingham Temple Row West in the centre, Moseley Village, Harborne, and the Jewellery Quarter.

Damascena is due to open its fifth coffee shop next year at Lyndon House, Edgbaston.

The venue will also be home to its headquarters and a barista school.