17 May 2022

We are delighted to be working with a number of official partners and like-minded organisations for this extra special year of The Big Jubilee Lunch, The Big Lunch and Month of Community. They all have something helpful to bring to the table, so if you’re looking for ways to do good and fundraise at your event, this is the guide for you!

Young man at The Big Lunch with an Alpaca!

Fundraising inspiration

Last year a whopping £7.4millon was raised for good causes at Big Lunch events, with 77% staying hyper local for charities, community projects and causes. In this very special year, there’s an even bigger fundraising opportunity, with a record number of Big Lunch events expected across the UK. Whether you’re a volunteer, supporter or charity, we have some useful ideas to help you along the way…

There are plenty of ways to Put the ‘fun’ into fundraising. From apple bobbing, bingo and dog shows to face painting, fancy dress and Tombola, there’s something for everyone and for every Big Lunch, so take a look at our ideas and raise some smiles, as well as cash, at your bash!

Do it for Action for Children

Our partners Iceland and the Food Warehouse are in their second year supporting The Big Lunch and this year are encouraging 1,000 of its stores and 34,000 employees to support its chosen charity, Action for Children by hosting Big Lunches as a fundraiser.

Find out more on their website

Last year, Action for Children held Big Lunches right across the UK in their centres and at the Headland School in Penarth, South Wales, to launch their school’s Nature Learning Centre. It was a fantastic day, made better by the alpacas, which must be a first for The Big Lunch! We are really excited they will also be hosting Big lunches again this year.

How to donate to Action for Children

Get involved in Small Charity Week

If you’re looking for a small charity to support as well as a date to host your Big Lunch, then look no further than our Month of Community partners Small Charity Week.  

Taking place from 20-24 June 2022, Small Charity Week. will be hosting a series of activities and initiatives to support and raise awareness of the hundreds and thousands of small charities that, every day, make a huge difference to vulnerable communities right across the UK.

If you want to hold a Big Lunch as part of the week, register your event, to get it listed on the Small Charity Week website and download their free resources to help promote it on social media. Or, take a look at their events listings to see what’s happening near you.

Encourage charities to get involved

We’re very excited to be working with the Pears Foundation this year. Pears recently ran a great webinar, Why all charities should support community building’, with a panel of experts including Daniel Fluskey from the Chartered Institute of Fundraising and Tracey Robbins, our Head of UK Delivery for Eden Project Communities. If you’re interested in finding out why charities should support events like The Big Lunch, be sure to Watch the Replay, or share it with friends or colleagues and take a look at our Information for Charities too.

However you decide to get involved, make sure you sign up for a free Pack and take lots of photos and have lots of fun when the big day comes around!

“Over the past two years charities have never been more needed and we want to support the wonderful Action for Children by hosting Big Lunches and raising vital funds.” Paul Dhaliwal, trustee at Iceland Foods Charitable Foundation