My idea to hold annual tea parties for charity started when I was involved with another member’s project associated with the Erika-Mann-Grundschule in Berlin. Privately, my husband and I decided to donate money for children attending this school whose parents were unable to pay for their lunch.
I then thought about how I could further help them. As I am British and British afternoon tea is something that many people of all nationalities enjoy, I thought I would hold a tea party. I also have a lot of fun baking. I prepare sandwiches, scones with jam and cream, various cakes and serve English tea, the cost of which is my donation.
I do the preparation alone but friends have helped serve each year. The added bonus is that I have a spacious and attractive garden. I suggested organising it through BIWC’s South-West Neighbourhood Group as a summer event in 2008. This was well attended and everybody loved the idea and the proceeds raised were donated to the school.
The following year I spoke to the Neighbourhood Group Coordinators and suggested holding another one. Since then it has become a tradition. In 2011, I decided to donate the money to the Japanese Tsunami Fund. After that, the money raised has been donated to the Hestia Frauenhaus. For the last three years, I asked the BIWC’s Executive Committee to increase my contribution with funds from the Club. So we usually donate €1.000 in total annually.
Penny Fischer (British)
On 12th August 2015, Club members enjoyed Penny’s 8th Annual Tea Party
On 17th August 2016, Club members attended Penny’s 9th Annual Tea Party