Edinburgh bagel empire to support a kaleidoscope of Scottish charities

Bross Bagels have announced that they will be reintroducing their ‘Holes of Hope’ charity support initiative which will allow bagel loving Edinburgh locals to fill their hole whilst supporting a good cause. The Edinburgh food favourite is bringing back its eye-catching, symbolic rainbow bagels during the month of June, with a mission to support and raise awareness of a quartet of Scottish charities close to their hearts.

Bross Bagels’ ‘Holes of Hope’ initiative was first launched in 2020 at the height of the pandemic, when hugs were but a distant memory and filling your hole with friends was forbidden. The initiative was created to raise important funds and shine a light on the many worthwhile and heroic charities making a real difference to people’s lives across Scotland. The kaleidoscopic ‘Holes of Hope’ have been designed to encourage love and positivity and bring people together in community spirit.

Every weekend in June, the bakery team at Bross’ new Portobello bakery will be firing up their unique wood-fired Moretti oven to handcraft hundreds of rainbow bagels to Bross’ authentic and traditional Montreal recipe. The rainbow bagels will be on offer at all five Bross Bagels shops in the city, and available on request for those wishing to support local charities who have worked tirelessly to generate funds throughout the pandemic.

The initiative will kick-off on Saturday 5th - Sunday 6th June, with profits from the rainbow bagels going to local homeless charity Cyrenians, alongside a chance to ‘pay it forward’ on any bagel of choice in any Bross Bagels shop across the city for the whole month. The month long buy one-give one option will see donations go towards supporting Cyrenrians' ‘Food That Goes Further’ campaign that aims to tackle food insecurity in the local community. The collaboration will culminate in a unique one-off event with Bross Bagels founder Mama Bross – an exclusive cook-along demo that will show you how to fill your hole for good. The event will be hosted on Saturday 26th June at 11am and tickets are available from Cyrenians - https://cyrenians.scot/events/fundraising-events/268-bross-bagels-cyrenians.

For the weekend of Saturday 12th – Sunday 13th June, profits from sales of rainbow bagels will go to Edinburgh-based charity SuperTroop. SuperTroop is a volunteer-led charity which provides residential holidays for children and young people with disabilities who rarely have a chance for independence away from home. The week-long holiday in Edinburgh gives them the opportunity to create magical new experiences surrounded by friends, while offering families and carers much needed respite.

Ellen Ridley, Development Manager and volunteer at SuperTroop said; “As a small, volunteer-led charity, 100% of the money raised from the partnership with Bross Bagels will be spent on giving our holidaymakers the time of their lives in July. We sadly had to cancel our residential holiday last year, so the additional support will mean we can make this year even more special.

For the weekend of Saturday 19th – Sunday 20th June, Bross Bagels will support LGBT Youth Scotland’s Pride Picnic campaign. Rainbow bagels will be on offer again with any deli filling of choice, with profits going to LGBT Youth Scotland – who aim to make Scotland the best place to grow up for LGBTQ+ young people, and whose services are a lifeline to many young LGBTQ+ people often at points of crisis in their lives.

Dorothee Weber, Fundraising Manager, LGBT Youth Scotland said; “This June, we are launching LGBT Youth Scotland’s Pride Picnic. Hosting a Pride Picnic or buying a Bross Bagels ‘Holes of Hope’ rainbow bagel are both great opportunities for people to come together and reconnect with loved ones while raising funds to help us make life better for LGBTQ+ young people.

The final weekend in June (Saturday 26th – Sunday 27th) will see profits from the rainbow bagels go to CRER, the Scottish racial equality charity, who were also involved in Bross Bagels’ ‘Holes of Hope’ initiative last June. CRER continues to focus on working to eliminate racial discrimination and harassment, and promote racial justice across Scotland.

Bross Bagels’ ‘Holes of Hope’ will be available for sit-in, collection and delivery from Bross Bagels shops in Portobello, Bruntsfield, Leith, Stockbridge and the West End.

For more information about Cyrenians visit www.cyrenians.scot/

For more information about Supertroop visit www.supertroop.org/

For more information about LGBT Youth Scotland visit https://www.lgbtyouth.org.uk/

For more information about CRER visit www.crer.scot/

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