Organisers of a summer feast of food and fun on Wearside hope the Big Lunch event will prove the perfect recipe to unite the community.
The Raich Carter Sports Centre, in Sunderland, will be a hive of activity, with a bouncy castle, stalls, raffles, and face painting just a flavour of things on offer between 2 and 4pm on Sunday, June 7.
The events are supported by Halifax as part of its Helping Britain Prosper Plan.
Louise Ellison, business manager at the Halifax in Sunderland and one of the event’s organisers, said: “We’re really excited for this year’s Big Lunch.
“It’s all geared towards a big family fun day and it’ll be both indoor and outdoors.
“We’ve got a swimming pool party planned, live music, dancing, magic.
“There is going to be arts and crafts stalls, face painting, and a bake off competition.
“We’re hoping for around 150 guests.
“There will be lots of fun activities for all the family and are looking forward to welcoming everyone from the local community along.
“The Big Lunch provides a great opportunity for us to talk to people on a more personal level and really helps strengthen relationships in the community.”
Over the years, millions of people have taken part in Big Lunches, a lottery-funded initiative from the Eden Project, demonstrating how we’re better equipped to tackle the problems we face when we face them together.
As a proud partner of The Big Lunch, Halifax is encouraging as many people as possible from across the UK to come together as a community to have fun and get to know each other.
Anyone can request a free Big Lunch pack, which contains invitations, posters, seeds and stickers to organise a Big Lunch for their neighbours, and Louise admitted the enthusiasm of the whole community to get involved had left her impressed.
“Charity work is very important to the Halifax.
“It’s good to be able to give something back, and to help bring the community together,” she added.
“A lot of my colleagues have been really helpful, offering up their time. We’ve got 15 different volunteers from different branches helping out, and that’s great to see.”
Big Lunches are being staged all around the country. To find out more, visit www.halifaxcommunities.co.uk/thebiglunch