THERE was not a spare seat to be had at the opening of a new coffee shop.
And all the coffee lovers who flock to Costa in the new Next in Havant will be helping out a worthy cause.
Scores of people were queuing ready for the opening of the huge clothing and homeware shop in Solent Retail Park, Solent Road, on Thursday.
And many went straight upstairs to enjoy a mocha or latte where volunteers from the charity Hannah’s Holiday Home were waiting.
The charity, which provides luxury breaks to families of seriously-ill children, is supported by Costa.
Claire Cook, from Hannah’s Holiday Home, began supporting the charity when her daughter Gemma was invited to stay at one of the luxury lodges.
She now works for the organisation.
Claire said: ’I struggle to find places to go with Gemma as I fear she will not be made welcome.
‘But she has always been made welcome in Costa.
‘I look at coffee shops as the new community hubs, replacing pubs.
‘There is such a nice mix of people and they are so popular.
‘Costa has really supported us as a charity and we’re very grateful.’
The coffee shop is now the third in Havant. The Emsworth Costa opens today.