How to have a safe and socially-distanced coffee morning this Coffee Morning Month

Fresh from hosting a coffee morning with a socially-distanced twist, Wendy Gardener, from Cheshire, shares her tried-and-tested tips for a safe and successful in-person fundraiser

Fundraising news // 8th November 2021

Tell us about your recent coffee morning. Did you play any icebreaking games or organise any fun activities to liven up the event?

We advertised it as a ‘mini market’ as we had a few stalls – cakes, new gifts, Christmas, bric-a-brac and books. We also had a Santa treasure hunt.

How much did you raise?

At present £1,900 but we have a few items left and are holding a more informal coffee and cake event on November 27 at my house to sell those things.

Is there anything you wish you had known before organising a coffee morning?

No, we have been involved in fundraising for different causes for a long time. One lady who started treatment a couple of months ago called in as she saw our poster.

Do you have any advice or practical tips for people looking to hold a face-to-face coffee morning while maintaining social distancing?

We had masks and gloves available if anyone wanted them. Anyone handling food had gloves and disposable aprons. For our next event on November 27 we will have both outside and inside plans depending on government guidelines. We are quite a sociable family so we’ll talk to everyone!

What are the benefits of holding a face-to-face fundraiser?

The social aspect, especially for those that have felt isolated over the last 18 months. People spend more and it’s a great way for them to get great bargains. Fewer people attended than normal but this felt better as it was less of an anxiety for people. We held the event for three hours and those that were more anxious came nearer the end when it was a bit quiet.

Would you do it again?

We try and do one every other year.


There’s still time to get together for Coffee Morning Month this November. If you have any questions, please email Visit for more information.