Every summer, we love the celebration that is getting together for Do Lunch!
Organising a fun foodie event with friends and family is a beautiful thing. And we’ve never faced a more compelling time to embrace those closest to us, whether living together as a family, getting together with another household or celebrating with loved ones from afar.
What better way to do that than enjoying lunch (or breakfast or supper) together whilst fundraising for sustainable research that will help us get closer to a cure for brain tumours.
Due to Covid-19 however, we know that our plans this year need to be a bit different!
But no matter where we live, how young our children or old our grandparents are, how safe we feel or how anxious we remain, we can still get together at various virtual or physical events this summer.
So let’s Do Lunch! and help feed vital research.
Here are some of our quick ‘recipes’ for an entertaining and enjoyable fundraising lunch:
Do a Virtual Lunch
So many of us have been enjoying a new closeness in our relationships with friends and family during lockdown now that catch-ups on Zoom have become the new normal. So, turn your next get together into a Do Lunch fundraiser and raise a glass to helping find a cure. Arrange your lunch date with friends, family or colleagues and ask everyone to pay, say, £20 to join in.
Do a family picnic
Pack a picnic lunch and take your family into the countryside, down to the river or even onto a quiet beach. Keep it rural and choose those places less likely to be crowded and busy. You could even plan a mini ‘familympics’ tournament with prizes for the most fun or crazy challenge winner. Tell everyone on social media what you’re doing ahead of time and gather donations, placing ‘bets’ on who they think will be the overall winner!
Do a ‘social distancing lunch’ with friends
If you’re relishing the chance to get back to the pubs and cafés, we all know and love, then reconnect with friends and colleagues over a classic (but safe!) lunch social, complete with memorable face-mask selfies in the making! Tell your friends to donate £20 in exchange for the ‘exclusive’ invite and let the owner know you’re meeting in support of Brain Tumour Research and ask them to contribute as well.
Whatever you do, make sure your fundraising pages are set up, and shared with everyone you know. The wider you share, the more you tell, the greater imagination you apply to your event, the greater your fundraising will be.
Do Lunch! – By Getting Involved, You Will Make A Difference
Thanks to all the support we’ve had from Do Lunch! (and our other creative and unique fundraising initiatives over the last few years) we’ve been able to establish four game-changing Research Centres of Excellence.
You’ve also helped strengthen our national campaigning efforts, raising crucial awareness of this often-overlooked, invisible disease. We now sit at some of the most important health and research decision-making tables in Westminster and are continuing to exert our influence on all the UK governments and key larger cancer charities to catalyse greater national investment into this devastating disease.
However, we have not been left unaffected by the impact of the coronavirus having suffered an income drop of over 50% since lockdown began.
So please get together this summer and do what you can to raise as much as you can. Let’s redouble our efforts and make this the summer when we really do smash all our targets and keep the research going.
Ready to start fundraising now?
If you're all set and ready to start fundraising, the easiest way to get started is to set up a dedicated fundraiser using one of the websites below.
For Facebook, use this link, and be sure to include "Do Lunch" in the title of your fundraiser.
If you prefer JustGiving, you can use this link and click "start fundraising" to begin the simple page set up process.
Be sure to share your fundraising page as far and wide as possible, not just with your guests, to raise as much money as you can in support of vital work in to brain tumour research.
Together we will find a cure.