Tom Holmes, Events and Engagement Manager at Big C said, “The flavour of our Big Cuppa 2021 will be in striking contrast to last year’s event which was held just before news of coronavirus first began to emerge. Last year we had places like Virgin Money Lounge, the hospital, our Big C shops and our centres hosting in-person Big Cuppa events. This year of course, things need to be very different, but we are hoping lots of local people will still take part and host a Big Cuppa in the safety of our own homes.
“We’ve seen some great virtual dinner parties taking place since lockdown 3 was announced and we’d like to take that one step further with a fantastic virtual community event, all in a very good cause.”
Since the outbreak of the pandemic, Big C moved swiftly to transfer all support services online and over the telephone, to ensure ongoing vital support for those facing cancer and their families, in such challenging times. In addition to this increase in demand for their services, Big C has experienced a sharp drop in income from closure of the shops and cancellation of fundraising events.
Head of Fundraising at Big C, Carole Slaughter said “These are challenging times for the charitable sector and we would be very appreciative to anyone who decides to hold a virtual Big Cuppa for us this year. Every donation really does make a difference to the work we do in supporting those that need us.”
It’s easy to sign up to host a Big Cuppa. Simply set up your video call, grab your favourite mug and enjoy a natter. Ask those taking part to donate to Big C online or donate £5 via text, to 70970. Please visit https://fundraise.big-c.co.uk/event/big-cuppa-for-world-cancer-day/for more information and to let Big C know you are taking part.