Many of us would have been commemorating the 75th Anniversary of VE Day on 8th May. Around the country, families and friends would have been gathering for street parties and celebrations which are, unfortunately, no longer possible.

However, during the lockdown period you can still get together through the Big Picnic for Hope.

The Big Picnic for Hope also allows everyone 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 the COVID-19 ‘conflict’.

Share your picnic pics!

Whether you are on your own or with others each household can have a picnic and send in their photos to share.

To help inspire, share your ideas for the Big Picnic for Hope: what to bake, what to make, and your own creative ideas. Post online using the hashtags #bigpicnicforhope and #feed5000. This will help everyone get ready for the big day – to exchange memories and stories of their loved ones past and present in a way fitting for the circumstances we are currently living through.

Share photos of your picnic on your social media on Friday 8th May using the hashtag #bigpicnicforhope and support the Cathedral’s 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.

This project is being supported by 18 of the nation’s Cathedrals including Canterbury and Rochester.