Published: April 8, 2020 | Updated: April 8, 2020

Dorset Biz News update: Jimmy’s Iced Coffee, West Dorset Scrub Hub, Dorset History Centre and Lighthouse, Poole’s centre for the arts

Jim Cregan, Co-founder, Jimmy’s Iced Coffee.
By Andrew Diprose, editor

Jim’s YouTube club quiz raises more than £5,000 for NHS charities

A club quiz streamed live from the lounge of the co-founder of Jimmy’s Iced Coffee on the company’s YouTube channel has raised more than £5,000 for NHS Charities Together.

Fifty questions on a range of topics – from the NHS to eggs – were asked by Jim Cregan who hosted the event with sideline support from his wife Sophie, pictured left.

It was seen by people from all over the UK and Northern Ireland and as far afield as Romania.

At the end of every section, there was a pause for ‘ad breaks.’

But it wasn’t the usual type of advert.

Instead Jim highlighted how all participants could easily donate to NHS Charities Together through the Jimmy’s JustGiving page.

Jimmy’s crew set out to raise £1,000.

Not only did they hit the fundraising target but have so far raised £5,000 with more to come.

The brand is now planning to run more fundraising live streams over the coming months.

It is also pledging to donate ten per cent from all sales made via its online store to the NHS.

Jim said: “I wasn’t expecting us to do as well as we did.

“It felt like a really nice break away from it all and I’m so glad myself and Soph could host.

“We’ve never done a live YouTube thing before.

“It’s quite a weird set up but easy to get used to. I’m happy to say there will be more!”

You can still take part in Jimmy’s Club Quiz via the recording on the Jimmy’s Iced Coffee YouTube channel.

The JustGiving page is being kept open for further quizzes and fundraising donations.

Christchurch-based Jimmy’s started life nine years ago and has grown into a business with an annual turnover of more than £5m.

To date, Jimmy’s Iced Coffee is stocked in over 5,000 stores nationwide.


MP launches West Dorset Scrub Hub

Chris Loder has launched the ‘West Dorset Scrub Hub’ calling for fabric, funds or fans of sewing to support doctors, nurses and carers in getting more of the personal protective equipment they require.

The West Dorset MP, pictured left, said: “We are experiencing unprecedented times which is putting resources under strain.

“We have a fast-growing number of people with coronavirus locally and I want to do all we can to support frontline medical and care professionals.

“We now have an army of volunteers across West Dorset who have joined our ‘Scrub Hub’ and are ready to sew – we just need donations of the appropriate fabric, or help with buying this, in order to help the project take off.

“So many constituents have asked what they can practically do to help – and making scrubs for those working so hard in our hospitals and care homes is a really good place to start.

“As we are all staying at home just now, this is a great opportunity to do something really valuable to help.”

The Friends of the Yeatman Hospital in Sherborne has already answered the MP’s call to action, with a project to sew scrubs for the community hospital’s frontline staff, along with a donation of £1,000 towards the effort.

The call to action reaches out to hospital friends, Facebook, WI and sewing groups and individuals who have the technical or dressmaking skills required and who would like to make a difference.

Patterns will be provided and help with materials too if needed.

Chris Loder invites anybody who is interested to sign up at or to email him at for further information.


‘Fantastic’ response to coronavirus diary request

Dorset’s coronavirus archive project is up and running after a ‘fantastic’ response to last week’s request for prospective contributor diarists.

The project, run by Dorset History Centre in partnership with Lighthouse, Poole’s centre for the arts, is designed to capture for posterity a range of different people’s experiences of the virus emergency from across the county.

Maria Gayton, Community Engagement Officer, Dorset History Centre, said: “Following a fantastic response from the people of Dorset we have the makings of a uniquely rich and varied archive of these unprecedented times as experienced by local people from different ages and backgrounds.

It will be fascinating to see how the project develops but, thanks to the number and range of prospective diarists who have expressed an interest, we are unable to take any further contributors.”

The ‘Corona Diary’ will be added to the county’s archive collections and its contents will be available for interpretation as a future artwork.