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Butcher Appointed Patron of Combat2Coffee
Monday, 24th Jun 2024 19:35

Town and England legend Terry Butcher has been appointed a patron of Combat2Coffee.

The Community Interest Company is committed to producing, selling and serving the finest coffee, which enables its mission to improve the mental health, wellbeing and outcomes for veterans, ex-uniformed personnel, their families and communities.

Butcher, who is pictured above with founder Nigel Seaman, has long backed of calls for greater mental health support for veterans’ families, his son Christopher, who served in Afghanistan as a Captain in the Royal Artillery, having died in 2017 after a battle with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

The former Blues skipper has previously supported veterans’ breakfasts and will now play a greater role as Combat2Coffee looks to ramp up support for the armed forces community.  

“I feel very honoured and humbled. My son would have loved it if he was still here,” said Butcher, who starts his role at the start of Armed Forces Week.

“My son followed the same path as Nigel. There’s a lot of veterans coming out now with mental and physical health troubles. They come crashing out of the military and there still isn’t a lot of help there for them.

“Combat2Coffee is a great organisation because it introduces people to a brew which gets them talking to people. It puts you at ease as a veteran. There is hope, great hope – but we want to give them even more.

“I am doing this for my son, what he suffered and what we all went through as a family.”

Combat2Coffee has forged partnerships with the likes of Ipswich Town Football Club and served more than 250,000 cups of hot drinks in 2023, each emblazoned with the contact details of numerous veteran and mental health charities.

The organisation also runs its own dedicated coffee shop and trains veterans at its Ipswich barista academy.

Seaman added: “All of us at Combat2Coffee are thrilled to welcome Terry to the team.

“He has been a huge supporter of ours since the very early days – and sadly knows all too well just how vital our mission is.

“Together we will not only look to change lives one sip at a time through our coffee, but utilise his reach to influence positive change at a national level. I look forward to seeing just how much we can achieve together.”

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blue79 added 19:40 - Jun 24
Great news. Well done to Combat2Coffee!

itfchorry added 22:12 - Jun 24
King Terry - one of our own

Edmundo added 22:19 - Jun 24
Hopefully Town's support will continue in the stadium: definitely the best coffee I've ever had at the football.

bluelad7 added 23:21 - Jun 24
Well done everyone.

bobble added 23:35 - Jun 24
its a terrible thing how the military destroys peoples lives..then dumps them aside......

dirtydingusmagee added 07:50 - Jun 25
Proper good bloke our Terry.

Marinersnose added 10:50 - Jun 25
Butcher is the perfect patron for such an excellent cause. He’s felt the pain of losing his son and is such an iconic leader in footballing terms both locally and nationally. This is such an important link to have with the community as many who have been involved in conflict can enjoy a Coffee and speak to others. Great work and great Coffee

Cervantes added 17:09 - Jun 25
I met the guys from Combat2Coffe, through my cousin, when we played Coventry at home last season. Really genuine bunch who serve the best coffee in the ground. Wishing them all the luck in the world and Biutch can be a great ambassador to them.

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