Big Boss Brekkie is an opportunity to get involved with fundraising for the homeless in a sociable and informal way. Like coffee mornings and cake sales, all you have to do is organise a breakfast - invite colleagues, family, friends or people in the community, buy or cook some tasty breakfast items and ask for a donation for The Whitechapel Centre.
Local businesses, restaurants and coffee shops can host their own Big Boss Brekkie event or serve up a special breakfast item on the menu and donate a proportion of the sales.
Charlotte Hopkins, Community & Events Fundraiser, said:
“This is our third Big Boss Brekkie Week and we are hoping to get even more people, businesses, community groups involved this year. Since our first event in 2016, the number of breakfasts we serve each year has risen by 41%. Last year The Whitechapel Centre cooked over 12,000 breakfasts for people sleeping rough. That’s why we want to make this year’s breakfast bigger than ever. The more people that take part and enjoy tea and toast, yummy pancakes, or a tasty Full English the more money will be raised so that we can continue to work with people who are homeless.
Breakfast is an incredibly important part of what we do; we all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but even more so if you have just slept rough.”
Providing something as simple as a hot breakfast and a cup of tea, can start a conversation that allows The Whitechapel Centre staff to build a relationship with clients and develop trust creating a deeper understanding of the situation, identify support needs and work towards ending homelessness. There are experts on hand all day every day to prevent or end homelessness, sadly the number of people who need help is increasing. A donation of £50 could pay for 100 breakfasts; £100 could pay for eight hours of vital support for a vulnerable adult.
Last year, local illustrator Becka Griffin, hosted a Big Boss Brekkie with her friends and neighbours.
“What better start to the week than getting together a group of good friends for a super-healthy breakfast of avocado on toast and overnight oats? We had a lovely morning and we raised money for a really important cause too. I'd thoroughly recommend getting involved - it's really simple to put on your own Big Boss Brekkie.”
To host your own Big Boss Brekkie or sign-up to be one of our Big Boss Brekkie Venues click here.