Meet our supporters who love an Afternoon Tea fundraiser

This Afternoon Tea Week get inspired by some of our wonderful supporters who have organised beau-tea-ful fundraising events to help feed hungry school children around the world.

Retired NHS workers, and husband and wife team Margaret and Walter Watson, opened the Birchwood Cottage Gallery and Tearoom, in St. Andrews, Fife, eight years ago and donate all profits from sales of their delicious tea and home-made cakes to Mary's Meals.

Together with the profits from the art gallery where they sell paintings, pottery and jewellery, the pair have raised an amazing £72,500 to help feed hungry children in school!

Margaret says, “We’re driven by the need to encourage children to attend school and gain an education. Education is the only route that these children have to achieve their potential and provides an escape route from poverty.”


This year Marina Campbell decided to host an afternoon tea for Mary’s Meals at Christ Church in Lochgilphead, where she has managed one of our shops for the last three years.

Marina’s daughter, Tamara, livened up the event  by playing her bagpipes and, as well as wonderful home bakes, they held a raffle and a game of guessing the number of sweeties in the jar.

Their hard work and creativi-tea clearly paid off, as they raised an amazing £164!

Marina also had the brilliant idea of hiring out vintage tea sets for up to 50 people for a donation to Mary's Meals. 

She says, "It works a treat as people can't store tea sets or tea pots that they may only use once. I make sure they are handed over in lovely picnic hampers or vintage wooden boxes too.

Bernadette Barr raises money for Sponsor A School in memory of her late mother, collecting donations by baking amazing cakes and holding afternoon teas. Her teas are so popular that the tickets sell out as soon as the date is announced.  

She says, “I’m always blown away by the generosity of people, with several thousand pounds being raised at each event. I make cakes of all shapes and sizes and with some crazy themes. I love baking and the challenge it brings and for a year after children are receiving Mary’s Meals and being fed and educated."


Nothing compares to an afternoon of cakes and tea, so why not be inspired by these wonderful supporters and organise your own cake baking fundraiser? It's a 'tea-rrific' way to make a difference! 

There are many different ways you can help – by donating your time, money, skills and prayers.