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Charity Fundraising

Some people use their Big Lunch to raise money for charity – and use all kinds of weird and wonderful ideas to do so. If you do want to use your Big Lunch as a fundraising event, we have listed some good causes below. 

You could also donate to one of the charities in your local area. is a great resource that’s available if you’d like to search for charities and causes near you.


  • The Eden project

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    The Big Lunch began life as a wild seed at the Eden Project. The Eden Project is more than a visitor attraction; it's also a unique education centre and charity, running social and educational programmes which help change the way people think about the world around them. Eden believes that a generation which doesn’t understand or value the natural world will not strive to protect it, and a generation that doesn't value society won’t work with others to save it.

    Eden's new canopy walkway was built to raise awareness of the value and importance of the world’s rainforests, encouraging people to take action to conserve them. To donate now text EDEN10 £5 to 70070 and help Eden take the rainforest experience to a whole new level. To find out more about Eden’s Rainforest Campaign please email or phone 01726 818735.

    Did you know that if you hold your Big Lunch in aid of Eden’s rainforest experience, Eden will give you your own piece of the Rainforest for free! Eden is also offering a beautiful bronze coffee leaf to all those Big Lunchers who raise £50 or more for Eden’s Rainforest Campaign as way to say thank you for your support. To claim your special gift, just send the the cheque made out to the Eden Trust Fundraising Department, Foundation Building, Eden Project, Bodelva, Cornwall PL24 2SG. N.B. please mark 'Big Lunch' on the back of your cheque and provide a mailing address for your bronze leaf.

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  • Action Against Hunger

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    Action Against Hunger is an international humanitarian organisation committed to ending child hunger. Action Against Hunger saves the lives of malnourished children while providing communities with access to safe water and sustainable solutions to hunger.

    Hosting a Big Lunch is a great way to be a part of their Love Food Give Food Campaign and help raise funds for their life-saving programmes. Every £36 raised is enough to take a child back from the brink of starvation to full health in just a few short weeks, so the money you raise will make a real difference. Contact their team on 0208 853 7582 or at to find out more.

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  • Age UK

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    Age UK is delighted to be supporting The Big Lunch. Big Lunches can make a very real difference to the lives of older people. The demand on our services is ever increasing; by 2020 one third of the UK’s population will be over 60. Age UK works tirelessly to ensure that this important and growing segment of society is not overlooked, underrepresented or excluded.

    Every pound you raise from your Big Lunch can help us reach the older people who feel isolated and alone in your local area. Join us creating a world in which older people are not ignored but flourish.

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  • Age Cymru

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    Age Cymru is the national charity for older people in Wales. We believe that age demands respect, it deserves kindness and sometimes it needs help.

    We’re asking you to support the work of Age Cymru with your Big Lunch. You can make sure older people are at the heart of your community and recognise their significant contribution to everyday life. The Big Lunch is a great way to involve older people - after all, if you ask the question “I wonder what street parties were like 60 years ago?” – it’s easy to get the answer - ask someone who was there?

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  • Battersea Dogs and Cats Home

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    Every year Battersea gives around 10,000 lost, abandoned and neglected dogs and cats another chance at a happy life. No matter what their background, Battersea will be their home between homes.

    We are asking you to support us with your Big Lunch as dogs and cats are at the heart of many families and communities. The money you raise will help ensure that we can keep our gates open for all the dogs and cats that need us.

    If you have any questions or would like any information on Battersea please don’t hesitate to contact us at or on 020 7627 9314. We’d love to hear all about your Big Lunch plans!

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  • Chicks

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    Chicks believes that every child is entitled to a happy childhood. That’s why we provide free respite breaks for disadvantaged children from across the UK including children that live in poverty, suffer abuse and act as young carers. During their week long break at one of our beautiful retreats, the children have the opportunity to take part in exciting activities such as horse riding and climbing. For many of them, these are first time experiences, helping them to build confidence whilst creating wonderful childhood memories that will last a lifetime.

    By supporting CHICKS at your Big Lunch, you can bring your community closer together whilst also giving disadvantaged children the gift of hope and respite.

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  • Contact the Elderly

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    Contact the Elderly is delighted to be supporting The Big Lunch. We are a national charity tackling acute loneliness among isolated older people, aged 75 and above, by organising free monthly Sunday afternoon tea parties for small groups of older people and volunteers.

    By 2015, the charity’s aim is to be taking over 5,000 elderly people to tea each month. We would love you to support the work of Contact the Elderly with your Big Lunch. The charity’s fundamental aim is to bring local communities together, which is at the heart of what The Big Lunch is all about. You can call us (freephone) on 0800 716 543 or email:

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  • Creating Better Futures

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    Creating Better Futures (CBF) is a small UK charity that helps to educate and empower orphans and vulnerable children in Zimbabwe. We support them to go to school, receive food at school, basic medical care and benefit from community development projects. The children we help may have lost one or both parents to AIDS/HIV, may have had a difficult childhood or faced extreme challenges that hamper their access to education. We believe that education is the key out of poverty. Our work is inspired by the success of child sponsorship. Our CEO and co-founder, who was born and raised in Zimbabwe, received the life-changing opportunity to go to high school and university in the UK. Education changed one life and now changes the lives of other children living in abject poverty. For as little as 50 pence a day (£15 a month) a child can go to school, receive school uniform, stationery, basic school meals and medical care where required.

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  • FareShare

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    FareShare is an award-winning charity that fights hunger and food waste in the UK. We rescue good quality surplus food that would otherwise go to waste and deliver it to community projects that support disadvantaged people, benefitting people and the planet. Last year we provided food for 8.6 million meals, supported 700 local charities and helped them feed 35,500 vulnerable people a day.

    You too can join the fight against hunger by supporting FareShare. £1 is enough to enable FareShare to provide food for 4 meals; or why not organise a food collection by encouraging your fellow Big Lunchers to 'Bring a Tin'.

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  • The Fire Fighter's Charity

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    The Fire Fighters Charity is the UK’s leading provider of life-enhancing services for serving and retired fire service personnel and their families. We aim to provide practical assistance and solutions to make a real difference to the lives of members of the fire service community.

    It costs £9m every year to meet the needs of our beneficiaries, and with no government funding, we rely entirely upon donations from the public and the fire and rescue community. For more information, please get in touch by emailing

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  • Helen Rollason Cancer

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    Helen Rollason Cancer Charity supports people living with cancer. Our laboratory carries out research to improve the treatment and prevention of breast cancer. Our nurses support patients on trials to develop new cancer treatments. We have three award-winning cancer support centres, where patients and their family and friends can go to for support, and patients can also have therapies to complement their treatment and reduce stress which we provide free of charge.

    Helen Rollason Cancer Charity is proud to support The Big Lunch. Whether you have something to celebrate or you just want to be surrounded by your family and friends, please support us so we can help more people living with cancer.

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  • Hope Together

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    HOPE is a national Christian campaign to encourage churches to join together in order to work with and serve their local community better. It is about the Church across the country, engaging in villages, towns and cities and sharing hope through both words and actions. HOPE is often used as a banner for social action projects or community activities and a wide spectrum of Christian organisations and denominations are part of it.

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  • iDE UK

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    International Development Enterprises UK is a UK registered charity that has a mission to create income and livelihood opportunities for poor rural households in Africa and Asia. We have a market-based philosophy where we support small-scale family farmers to move from subsistence farming to selling their produce for profit.

    We rely 100% on the generosity of the public to enable us to carry out the world changing work we do. We don’t believe you can donate people out of poverty. But we do believe that if you invest in people, you will see a tremendous return.

    We’d love you to hold a Big Lunch for iDE UK. To register your interest or to find out more about iDE UK, please contact or call 0208 905 5597.

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  • Love Food Hate Waste

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    Love Food Hate Waste aims to raise awareness of the economic and environmental impact of food and drink waste, and help UK households waste less and save more. The economic and environmental costs of food waste are enormous - if we as householders stopped wasting food that could have been eaten we could prevent millions of tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions each year. In fact if we didn’t waste this food it would have the same environmental impact as taking 20% of the cars off UK roads.

    Love Food Hate Waste is working in partnership with The Big Lunch to offer simple every day solutions and inspiration to those of us who want to make a difference.

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  • Kerrang! Cash for Kids

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    Cash for Kids is the official charity of Kerrang! Radio and has raised thousands of pounds to help the neediest local children in Birmingham & West Midlands. Every penny raised stays within the local area. Kerrang! Radio’s Cash for Kids is unique in the fact that they support individual children, community groups, children’s hospices and other children’s charities, so by supporting

    Cash for Kids you are actually supporting hundreds of great causes in the local region. Cash for Kids are looking for companies and individuals to support the charity during and help make a significant difference to the area’s most needy children.

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  • Maggie's Cancer Charity

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    Following ideas about cancer care originally laid out by our founder, Maggie Keswick Jencks, Maggie’s is an organisation that creates places providing the emotional, practical and social support that people with cancer need. The Centres combine striking buildings, calming spaces, professional experts offering professional support, and the ability to talk and share experiences with a community of people who have been through similar experiences. Designed by industry-leading architects, Maggie’s Centres are warm, friendly and informal places full of light and open space with a big kitchen at their heart. They provide a peaceful space to absorb the information you’re inevitably bombarded with and help to relieve the stress of having cancer.

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  • Marie Curie

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    Marie Curie Cancer Care provides free nursing care to people with terminal cancer and other illnesses in their own homes and the charity’s nine hospices. Employing more than 2,700 nurses, doctors and other healthcare professionals, the charity provided care to more than 31,000 terminally ill patients last year and is the largest provider of hospice beds outside the NHS.

    The charity is best known for its network of Marie Curie Nurses working in the community to provide end of life care, totally free for patients in their own homes. Since 2004 Marie Curie Cancer Care has been campaigning for more patients to be able to make the choice to be cared for and die in their place of choice.

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  • Motability

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    Motability believes that everyone has the right to personal freedom and independence. For disabled people having the means to get out and about is often life-changing allowing them to enjoy their lives in a way many of us take for granted.

    Motability is a national charity helping disabled people to become mobile by adapting their Motability cars, providing vehicles large enough to meet their needs and driving lessons for young disabled people aged 16-24. Each year we need to raise £2.4 million to ensure that all the people who need our help are mobile. Motability is encouraging you to get involved in The Big Lunch, raise some funds and help disabled people right across the UK become mobile. Please visit the website for more information.

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  • Parkinson's UK

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    Every hour, someone in the UK is told they have Parkinson's. Because we're here, no one has to face Parkinson's alone. We bring people with Parkinson's, their carers and families together via our network of local groups, our website and our free, confidential helpline. Specialist nurses, our supporters and staff provide information and training on every aspect of Parkinson's. As the UK's Parkinson's support and research charity we're leading the work to find a cure, and we're closer than ever. We also campaign to change attitudes and demand better services.

    Our work is totally dependent on donations and you can support us by holding your very own Party for Parkinson’s – from a Big Lunch picnic to a Big Lunch street party – and raise funds to support people with Parkinson’s.

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  • Pretty 'n' Pink

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    Pretty ‘n’ Pink is the only registered breast cancer charity in Northern Ireland. Our aim is to create awareness of Breast Cancer in Northern Ireland especially in young women, provide funds for patients most in need of assistance and improve quality of life of Breast Cancer patients and their families in the best way possible.

    Pretty ‘n’ Pink believes that The Big Lunch is a fantastic opportunity for local people to come together and share lunch in a show of community spirit. “We are very grateful to those who use their Big Lunch to help support and raise awareness for our breast cancer charity and hope that we can take part in further Big Lunch Projects”.

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  • Refugee Council

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    The Refugee Council is the leading charity working with asylum seekers and refugees in the UK. As a human rights charity, independent of government, we rely on donations and supporters’ fundraising initiatives.

    The Refugee Council supports The Big Lunch because it’s a fantastic way to break down barriers of prejudice and suspicion and to build bridges across communities. We are asking supporters to host a Big Lunch to raise vital funds for the Refugee Council, to share an opportunity of solidarity, and to hear the stories of people who have fled war, persecution or conflict. Please contact them at call 0207 346 1205 to receive your fundraising pack.

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  • Rockinghorse

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    Rockinghorse is a Brighton-based charity which has been supporting children for over 40 years. It was set up in 1967 by Dr Trevor Mann, who recognised there was a real need for additional resources to improve healthcare services for sick children and babies. The charity is best known today for its work with the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital and the Trevor Mann Baby Unit, where it raises money for life-saving and cutting-edge medical equipment, while ensuring that children are treated in an environment that is better suited to their needs. Rockinghorse does not receive any government funding and relies on the generous support of individuals, community groups, companies and trusts.

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    The RSPCA is the world’s longest-running and best-known animal welfare organisation. Everything we do supports our goal of preventing cruelty.

    We work tirelessly to rescue domestic animals and wildlife. Our wildlife centres rehabilitate animals who can be returned to the wild. We work with the government and public to prevent cruelty and prosecute those who neglect the law, on behalf of defenceless animals. We rely totally on the support from our generous supporters.

    We are delighted to be working with our friends from The Big Lunch and hope everyone has a fantastic time holding their Big Lunch!’

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  • Sustrans

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    Sustrans makes smarter travel choices possible, desirable and inevitable. We’re a leading UK charity enabling people to travel by foot, bike or public transport for more of the journeys we make every day. We work with families, communities, policy-makers and partner organisations so that people are able to choose healthier, cleaner and cheaper journeys, with better places and spaces to move through and live in.

    We’re working with The Big Lunch to help give children the freedom and confidence to play outdoors - a great excuse to have a street party for your Big Lunch! Find out more about our Free Range Kids campaign by visiting their website.

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  • Teenage Cancer Trust

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    Teenage Cancer Trust is the only UK charity dedicated to improving the quality of life and chances of survival for young people with cancer aged between 13 and 24. We build specialist units within NHS hospitals, bringing young people together to be treated by teenage cancer experts in a place designed just for them. We want every young person with cancer to have access to this specialist support, no matter where they live.

    We rely solely on donations to fund our vital work. You can help transform the lives of young people with cancer.

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  • The Trussell Trust

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    Every foodbank launched by The Trussell Trust charity enables local people to tackle the hidden hunger that exists unnoticed on our doorsteps. With 13 million people living below the poverty line in the UK, something as small as an unexpected bill can force families on the breadline to go without food. All food given out is donated by people like you – members of the public, schools, churches and businesses.

    Your Big Lunch is a great place to collect food for your nearest foodbank. Encourage everyone who attends your event to bring an extra item or two - visit the website for more details.

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