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Aura PR: Team Scotland before The Great Big Walk

The Great Big Walk - photocall at The People's Palace..Pictured.Preparing for the Great Big Walk in Glasgow green.l to r.Selina Hales , Hannah Gibbons, Emily Watts and Josh Quigley ,...The Big Lunch kicks off a new initiative, The Great Big Walk, (greatbigwalk.com) made possible by the National Lottery and supported by Jo Brand, which sees five teams of walkers span the UK connecting people and celebrating community..Every day, the walkers and their supporters will visit different community projects and initiatives and will spend time with the extraordinary people who go the extra mile to bring communities together..Everyone in Scotland is invited to take part!.Setting off from Batley, West Yorkshire, where Jo Cox was MP, five teams of walkers will 'head home' in time to join The Big Lunch as the highlight of The Great Get Together celebrations inspired by Jo Cox, and marking the first anniversary of her death 16-18 June..The walk will reach Dumfries on 6th June and will continue through Scotland until 18 June..Refuweegee volunteer, Yaman Shalaan, who is originally from Syria, but has already found a second home in Glasgow, will be one of the walkers in Scotland. As Yaman will be observing Ramadan we’re not going to ask him to walk to far. “We are delighted to be part of such a brilliant initiative. The people that we meet and work with everyday have been forcibly displaced from their homes and have often had to make long and hard journeys to safety. We are looking forward to using our time walking The Great Big Walk as a time to reflect on this and are delighted to be doing it as a group which is reflective of the collective community that Refuweegee is. To also get to spend time within so many communities and with some amazing groups along the route is absolutely fantastic, we can’t wait to meet everyone and hear their stories.”.Each day, along the route, the walkers will stop in a different community to shine a light on powerfully ordinary people doing amazing projects and events that bring communities together. They will share conversations food, stories and experiences together. .Emily Watts, Eden’s Scottish country manager said: “People can get involved in The Great Big Walk by showing support and cheering the walkers along their way. Or go for a stroll with a neighbour, a tour with the town or anything in between and join The Big Lunch on 18 June for the biggest community celebration the UK has ever seen.”.Over the course of 10 days, the walkers will visit 10 National Lottery funded projects in Scotland. Martin Cawley, Big Lottery Fund Scotland director, added: “Thanks to money generated by National Lottery players, The Great Big Walk is connecting people and communities across the UK. We are excited to be inviting the walkers to visit some amazing Scottish projects, created by and for local people, and share their experiences with others.”.-ENDS-.Enquiries to Laura Sutherland, Aura T: 07764 936 840 E: laura@aura-pr.com.Notes to editors:.1. Interviews with Jo Brand (phone), Emily Watts and Josh Quigley available on request.2. Jo Brand said: “I know these guys are going to have an incredible time on The Great Big Walk and I urge anyone who sees them to beep, honk, wave and clap to show you care. From all the way up in sunny Scotland right down to the coast of Cornwall, let’s see which town can give them the friendliest welcome (and the odd biscuit!). And if like me, your dog ate your trainers and your Lycra shorts are in the wash, then you can always plan a Big Lunch, invite your neighbours and just eat cake!”.3. About The Great Big Walk..The Great Big Walk (thegreatbigwalk.com) is an idea from the Eden Project, funded by the National Lottery and supporters including Pears Foundation and Prince of Wales’s Charitable Foundation..The Great Big Walk has received in kind support from YHA for accommodation, and Renault with a fleet of electric support vehicles...The Great Big Walk connects people and communities, inviting them to take part in the UK’s annual get-together for neighbours by hosting their own Big Lunch events: the highlight of The Great Get Together on Sunday 18 June 2017...4. About The Big Lunch..The Big Lunch (thebiglunch.com) is the UK’s annual get together for neighbours, an idea from the Eden Project made possible by the National Lottery...This year, The Big Lunch will be held on Sunday 18 June as the highlight of The Great Get Together weekend...The Big Lunch started in 2009. Last year over 7.3 million people took part in over 90,0000 events across the UK...Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall is Patron of The Big Lunch...Bringing communities together, reducing loneliness and isolation. and helping to make a difference locally is at the heart of the National Lottery’s mission...5. About The Great Get Together..The Great Get Together event marks the first anniversary of the murder of Jo Cox MP, and is inspired by her maiden speech to parliament when she said “We have more in common and are far more united than that which divides us”...It will be the biggest community event across the UK since the Diamond Jubilee. Up and down the country, get-togethers are being planned – big and small – from Big Lunch street parties to BBQs and games of football to bake-offs...The initiative was started by the friends and family of Jo Cox. They have teamed up with The Big Lunch, which has organised annual neighbourhood celebrations since 2009, and has moved its annual event to coincide with the anniversary...More than one hundred organisations are supporting The Great Get Together, from The Big Lunch, Help for Heroes to Amnesty International; the RNLI to the RSPB; the Scouts, the Guides, The Women's Institute and The Premier League...The aim of The Great Get Together is to connect people and build stronger communities. ..6. About the Big Lottery Fund..The Big Lottery Fund is the largest funder of community activity in the UK. It puts people in the lead to improve their lives and communities, often through small, local projects. It is responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised by National Lottery players for good causes. ..Last year it awarded £583 million and supported around 12,000 projects across the UK for health, education, environment and charitable purposes. Since June 2004 it has awarded over £8 billion to projects that change the lives of millions of people. ..For more information visit www.biglotteryfund.org.uk..7. About Refuweegee.Refuweegee is a community led charity that challenges and changes the reception and perception of forcibly displaced people. We work with old and new communities across Scotland to welcome those newest to our cities, towns and villages. We provide community built welcome packs to forcibly displaced people arriving in Scotland with essentials like toiletries and literature Scottish items like Irn Bru and Tunnocks tea cakes and finally warm welcome words, that we call Letters fae the locals, from people who are little more familiar with Scotland. These gestures of kindness have resulted in us building connections and relationships with our newest communities and have helped shaped our activities and projects..8. Walk locations include:.· Dumfries.· Moffat.· Cumnock.· Kilmarnock.· Fenwick.· Rutherglen.· Glasgow.· Falkirk.· Linlithgow.· Edinburgh.· Leith.· Livingston.9. Click here to find out about Eden Project Communities.. . . .Laura M. Sutherland Chart.PR FCIPR.Chief, Aura.Founder, #PRFest...Photograph by Martin Shields .Tel 07572 457000.www.martinshields.com.© Martin Shields...

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