In 2020, many hospices nationwide made the decision to host their Coffee Mornings a little different than previous years. North Louth Hospice held their annual coffee morning at Rampart Shopping Centre in Dundalk, but this year they decided to host it as a ‘Drive Thru’ event instead of their usual office/shop.
They served some hot Bewely’s Coffee and Tea to local shoppers and supporters as well as some freshly baked delicious treats and raffle tickets. Despite the heavy rain on the day and with the help of local businesses it a huge success, collecting more than previous years for their local hospice services.
Overall the support of the community during such a tough year, made the frontline work of the palliative care team accessible for anyone who is in need. Dundalk and its surrounding areas are most generous towards hospice services and the fundraising committee of North Louth Hospice are grateful for their support and look forward to many more successful, alternative Coffee Mornings.
In a time when a little normality was needed the most, The North Westmeath Hospice went ahead with their annual hospice coffee morning. But instead of their usual office coffee morning, they rented a Coffee Cart called ‘Hot to Trot’ and sold teas, coffees and baked goods on their Market square for two days in September. Under the protection of a Gazebo, the North Westmeath Hospice fundraising committee were able to socially distance while creating a colourful display and raising much needed funds for their local palliative care team. The community of Mullingar and surrounding areas were very generous making 2020 one of their best Coffee Mornings to date.
This year our fundraising efforts faced many challenges in light of Covid-19, but so many of our dedicated hosts took this challenge head on! For example, Coffee morning 2020 in Kilcormac County Offaly took on a new look and life as it was moved from the home of Melissa Mulrooney to the town square.
Melissa has been hosting very successful and much anticipated hospice coffee mornings in her home for over 10 year with many of the same reliable supporters attending each year donating and adding to the very sociable and friendly atmosphere. Not allowing anything to stand in the way of her fundraising efforts for Offaly Hospice Melissa moved her coffee morning to the Kilcormac town square out of necessity to comply with Covid-19 regulations.
If something positive is to come out of a negative well then this was it as Melissa’s coffee morning donations almost doubled from previous years. Melissa said that she had people attend that would never have called to her home and that going forward she said she will bring her coffee morning to the people instead of expecting the people to come to her coffee morning.
Melissa will be carefully watching the weather forecast for coffee morning 2021 and will host her coffee morning again this year in the Kilcormac town square either Saturday 18th or 25th September depending on the weather.