The PR Store is providing PR support en route to The Great Big Walk , running across the UK this June.
Read on to find out more.
You’ll also find PR contacts at the end of this post.
- The Great Big Walk – thegreatbigwalk.com – is an idea from the Eden Project, funded by the National Lottery and other supporters.
- The Great Big Walk aims to highlight the rich diversity of communities which make up the backbone of the UK, while demonstrating the commonality we all share.
- The walk – visiting great community projects en route – also aims to highlight the ordinary people going the extra mile for their communities, whilst walking up an appetite for The Big Lunch: the highlight of the Great Get Together on Sunday 18 June.
- The walk – actually five treks across the country – launched in Batley, near Leeds, on May 29.
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About The Great Big Walk
- The Great Big Walk (website here) is an idea from the Eden Project, funded by the National Lottery and supporters including Pears Foundation and Prince of Wales’s Charitable Foundation
- The Great Big Walk has received in kind support from YHA for accommodation, and Renault with a fleet of electric support vehicles.
- The Great Big Walk connects people and communities, inviting them to take part in the UK’s annual get-together for neighbours by hosting their own Big Lunch events: the highlight of The Great Get Together on Sunday 18 June 2017.
About The Big Lunch
- The Big Lunch (thebiglunch.com) is the UK’s annual get together for neighbours, an idea from the Eden Project made possible by the National Lottery.
- This year, The Big Lunch will be held on Sunday 18 June as the highlight of The Great Get Together weekend.
- The Big Lunch started in 2009. Last year over 7.3 million people took part in over 90,0000 events across the UK.
- Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall is Patron of The Big Lunch.
- Bringing communities together, reducing loneliness and isolation. and helping to make a difference locally is at the heart of the National Lottery’s mission.
About The Great Get Together
- The Great Get Together event marks the first anniversary of the murder of Jo Cox MP, and is inspired by her maiden speech to parliament when she said “We have more in common and are far more united than that which divides us”.
- It will be the biggest community event across the UK since the Diamond Jubilee. Up and down the country, get-togethers are being planned – big and small – from Big Lunch street parties to BBQs and games of football to bake-offs.
- The initiative was started by the friends and family of Jo Cox. They have teamed up with The Big Lunch, which has organised annual neighbourhood celebrations since 2009, and has moved its annual event to coincide with the anniversary.
- More than one hundred organisations are supporting The Great Get Together, from The Big Lunch, Help for Heroes to Amnesty International; the RNLI to the RSPB; the Scouts, the Guides, The Women’s Institute and The Premier League.
- The aim of The Great Get Together is to connect people and build stronger communities.
About the Big Lottery Fund
- The Big Lottery Fund is the largest funder of community activity in the UK. It puts people in the lead to improve their lives and communities, often through small, local projects. It is responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised by National Lottery players for good causes.
- Last year it awarded £583 million and supported around 12,000 projects across the UK for health, education, environment and charitable purposes. Since June 2004 it has awarded over £8 billion to projects that change the lives of millions of people.
- For more information visit biglotteryfund.org.uk
What is The Great Big Walk?
The Great Big Walk is an idea from the Eden Project funded by the National Lottery and other supporters designed to connect people with those they live alongside in the belief that we can make positive connections when we take the time to walk and talk together.
Starting in Batley, West Yorkshire, walk teams will take five different walk routes on a three week long adventure. Each day, along the route, the walkers will stop in a different community to shine a light on powerfully ordinary people doing amazing projects and events that bring communities together.
They will share conversations food, stories and experiences together — just like The Big Lunch. Walkers will visit projects right across the UK to shine a light on ordinary people doing extraordinary things in their communities while walking home to their own community Big Lunch on Sunday 18 June.
When is The Great Big Walk?
The Great Big Walk started on 29 May 2017 and spans three weeks concluding on Sunday 18 June 2017.
What is the aim of The Great Big Walk?
The aim of The Great Big Walk, made possible with funding from the National Lottery, is to drive awareness of and participation in The Big Lunch and shine a light on ordinary people doing extraordinary things to make a difference where they live. The walk will highlight the rich diversity of the communities which make up the backbone of the UK whilst demonstrating the commonality we all share.
Who is funding The Great Big Walk?
The Great Big Walk (thegreatbigwalk.com) is an idea from The Eden Project, funded by the National Lottery and supporters including Pears Foundation and Prince of Wales’s Charitable Foundation, and partnered by the YHA and Renault.
How is the Jo Cox Foundation involved?
The Big Lunch has moved its date to form the highlight of The Great Get Together weekend. In the weeks leading up to the celebrations walkers from across the country will be taking part in The Great Big Walk, starting in the late Jo Cox MPs constituency of Batley and Spen and ending back at their home towns in time for their Big Lunch on Sunday 18 June as part of the celebratory weekend. The Jo Cox Foundation is one of the principal partner organisations backing The Great Big Walk.
Who are the walkers?
The walkers heading to Scotland are Josh Quigley from Livingston, now living in Edinburgh – known as The Tartan Explorer. Also three representatives from the Glasgow charity Refuweegee, covering the three week walk as a relay: Selina Hales, Hannah Gibbons and Melissa Espinoza, all currently based in Glasgow.
How have the walkers been selected?
Over several months applications from right across the UK were submitted through an online form hosted on the Eden Project Communities website. After a few rounds of interviews and much careful consideration an Eden Project panel whittled the list down and selected the amazing eleven walkers.
Where are the walkers going?
Five routes set off from Batley West Yorkshire: one team will walk to Scotland, one to Wales, one to Northern Ireland, one to Cornwall and one to London, each walking home in time for The Big Lunch. Every day, the walkers and their supporters will arrive in a different town or village, joining that community to share food, conversations and learn about the wonderful projects and events that bring communities together.
How can we follow the walk?
You can follow the progress of all the walkers on thegreatbigwalk.com where you can see all the latest updates. A map will track the positon of the walkers and community stops throughout the three week adventure.
Our live social media feeds on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram will share regular post, video and news so be sure to follow the story as it unfolds!
Follow the project on social media @edencommunities
#thebiglunch #greatbigwalk Thebiglunch.com
- Adrian Mahoney, PR for Scotland en route, tel. 07967 150560 – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Laura Sutherland, Aura PR, Glasgow, tel. 0141 337 6712 or 07764 936 840
- Sarah Boniface, PR Manager, Eden Project Communities, tel. 020 058 2427 or 07976 633674 – email@example.com