Currency Lass opens Les Darcy cafe to pay it forward

COMING SOON: Accommodation founder Liz Berger poses with posters of boxing legend Les Darcy in the front bar of the old Currency Lass pub. It will re-open as a cafe next month. Picture: Perry Duffin

COMING SOON: Accommodation founder Liz Berger poses with posters of boxing legend Les Darcy in the front bar of the old Currency Lass pub. It will re-open as a cafe next month. Picture: Perry Duffin

In a year, High Street’s Currency Lass has transformed from a dilapidated former pub to accommodation for the Hunter’s homeless. Next month one of the final pieces of the puzzle will fall into place, a pay-it-forward cafe styled after a Maitland legend.

Founder Liz Berger said patrons of the cafe can donate extra money which will be used to provide a coffee or meal to families and individuals struggling to make ends meet. 

The cafe will integrate with other homelessness support services in the region through a voucher scheme. Support services will be able to give out meal vouchers, which can be redeemed at the cafe without stigma or judgement.

THE LEGEND: Accommodation founder Liz Berger and volunteer Barry Lockett Jnr hang a poster of Les Darcy in the old pub's former bar. It will become a cafe with a mission to help the homeless next month. Picture: Perry Duffin

THE LEGEND: Accommodation founder Liz Berger and volunteer Barry Lockett Jnr hang a poster of Les Darcy in the old pub's former bar. It will become a cafe with a mission to help the homeless next month. Picture: Perry Duffin

The cafe will be styled in honour of Maitland boxing legend Les Darcy, who held many of his fights in the pub’s back yard.

“[Darcy] started from poor beginnings,” she said. “He teaches perseverance, we need to encourage that.” “We hope people will draw inspiration from his life.”

The cafe will open at 205 High Street in November.

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