Michelle Charlton hasn’t let the lockdown stop her from enjoying her ‘coffee and cake’ plans – she’s created her own pop-up ‘Muffin Break’ café instead. 

The 26-year-old, from Swanton Supported Living in Gateshead, likes to make trips into town for her favourite beverage and sweet treat, and has a regular visit scheduled on her activity planner. 

But now the lockdown is in force, Michelle and her support team decided to open their own branch of ‘Muffin Break’, complete with a home-made sign. Michelle also shopped for ingredients and then baked a red velvet cake to enjoy in her very own café. 

Service Manager Dhiraj Rijhwani said that she had fun recreating the coffee shop experience at home. 

Dhiraj said: “Michelle put up the ‘Muffin Break’ sign in her living room, choose music to play and then sat down to have her coffee and cake. 

“Whenever staff now enter the room, Michelle says, ‘Welcome to Muffin Break, that will be 50p, please!’ and then laughs. We’re so happy she can continue to enjoy one of her favourite activities, despite being in lockdown.”