Fans of the Happy Camper Van at Glenveagh won’t have to say goodbye anytime soon, as owner Maria Mc Cormack has reversed her decision to quit this week.
Thanks to the support of close friends and a community of pancake fans, Maria has decided to stay on the road.
The Churchill mobile cafe owner has been serving coffees and pancake treats at the picturesque Glenveagh location for two years. A tough winter led Maria to announce this week that she could not continue, and the end of the Happy Camper stirred a community movement to offer her a helping hand.
With support and advice from local chefs and friends, Maria said she has identified changes she can make to make her work easier.
Maria said: “I have been inundated with calls of encouragement, advice and people offering their knowledge and support in how I can turn this feeling of failure into making sure I can keep my wee business that I have worked so hard at this last two years going.”
Maria said she will change her menu, rearrange the layout of her caravan and change her calendar of business reduce the stress of running her own mobile cafe. She will stay at her well-known Glenveagh spot, as well as travelling to towns and schools for special events.
She said this journey has taught her the importance of asking for help in an hour of need:
She said: “I am so glad that I have learned the most valuable lesson. When you feel like there is no way of continuing on, just ask for help.
“There is a lot of amazing, kind and wonderful people in this world that know the answers.
“These people who have talked me out of quitting when I really didn’t want to listen, I will forever hold you in the highest precious part of my heart.”
Read the full interview with Maria on DonegalWoman.ie, where she opened up about her whirlwind week, why she quit, and how her happy campers ensured she could keep going: