Big Picnic for Hope

Join in the ‘Big Picnic for Hope’ on the 8th May by having a picnic at home to help pay honour to heroes past and present. 

Send us your photo’s and join others around the country doing the same  




What is it?

The Big Picnic for Hope is an opportunity for your household to be part of a virtual get together, to help honour heroes past and present 

Many of us would have been commemorating the 75th Anniversary of VE Day on May 8th .  Families and friends  would have been gathering for street parties and celebrations around the UK, which unfortunately is no longer possible. 

However, even in the current lockdown we can still come together to recognise this date through our ‘Big Picnic for Hope’. 

The Big Picnic for Hope also allows us to celebrate the heroes of our new ‘homefront’. Those risking their lives, the NHS, carers, delivery personnel, workers across food stores or public transport, and the remarkable collective effort of the nation to stay home and play our own individual part in helping to see this through.

By staying at home we are able to support the new heroes of COVID-19 ‘conflict’. 

Whether you are on your own or with other people at home we are asking each household to have a picnic and send in your photos to share with us worldwide. 

People can also  share their ideas for the Big Picnic for Hope, what to bake, what to make, and their own creative ideas online using the hashtags #bigpicnicforhope and #feed5000, to help inspire others to get involved.  This will help everyone get ready to join together on Friday 8th May to share photos of their picnics, and discuss memories and stories of their loved ones past and present in a way fitting of the circumstances we are living through at this time.

Share your photos of your picnic on your social media on the 8th May using the hashtag #bigpicnicforhope and support our just  giving campaign using the hashtag  #feed5000

At the heart of the Big Picnic for Hope is a reflection that around the country many people will not be as fortunate at this time with many struggling to put food on the table. The #feed5000 hashtag reflects the projects aim to raise £5000 for the Trussell Trust, who support a nationwide network of food banks and provide emergency food and support to people locked in poverty. With a rise in the number of people who are using foodbanks nationally, and the future uncertain as to how many people will have to adjust to more difficult living conditions around the country, the Big Picnic for Hope aims to ask those who can to donate towards providing another individual or family having food in their house today.

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Participating Cathedrals

A collaboration of the nations Cathedrals around the country have united behind the project to allow us to remember heroes from the past and celebrate those of the present day on the 75th Anniversary of VE day, with the Big Picnic for Hope. Under normal circumstance Cathedrals around the country would have been a focus for national celebration and commemoration. The 75th anniversary of VE Day in May 2020 was to be no exception with events planned nationwide.

Peterborough Cathedral 
Portsmouth Cathedral
Lichfield Cathedral
Chester Cathedral
Liverpool Cathedral
Chelmsford Cathedral
Guildford Cathedral
Rochester Cathedral 
Exeter Cathedral 
Southwell Cathedral 
Bradford Cathedral 
Chichester Cathedral 
Manchester Cathedral 
Canterbury Cathedral
Wells Cathedral
St Albans Cathedral
Sheffield Cathedral
Blackburn Cathedral 
St Edmundsbury Cathedral 
Wakefield Cathedral 
Birmingham Cathedral 
York Minster Cathedral
Leicester Cathedral 
Lincoln Cathedral

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Project manager:

Cathy Fellows

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