Norfolk and Waveney cancer charity, Big C, is asking people to host a virtual Big Cuppa coffee morning or tea party with friends, family or colleagues to raise money for those in our community affected by cancer. The event will be held on World Cancer Day, which is February 4.
Tom Holmes, Events and Engagement Manager at Big C, says: ‘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 transferred 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 due to closure of the shops and cancellation of fundraising events.
Head of Fundraising at Big C, Carole Slaughter, adds: ‘These are challenging times for the charitable sector and we would be very appreciative of 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. See the website for full details.
BIG C BACKGROUND
The story began in Norfolk and Waveney in the 1970s when two young men, David and Clive, found themselves with cancer and had to travel to London and Cambridge for treatment, often finding this harder than the treatment itself.
They vowed to do something so that local people would have access to the best treatment and support closer to where they live. 40 years on, their vision has become a reality, with more than £32 million being raised so far and nearly £3 million raised each year by the local community, creating the largest cancer charity in East Anglia.
From its first small, but important fundraising project providing chemotherapy equipment at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital, Big C has grown into an impressive organisation which funds specialist life-saving equipment and internationally significant research projects based at the Norwich Research Park. These projects greatly benefit local people and have a global impact on our understanding and treatment of the many types of cancer.
The charity has also established three Big C centres located at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, in King’s Lynn and Great Yarmouth and a hub at the Louise Hamilton Centre in Gorleston. These centres provide an oasis of specialist emotional and practical support for those with a cancer diagnosis and their loved ones away from a clinical environment.