This winter ABF The Soldiers’ Charity is continuing its relationship with Neighbourhood Watch to encourage neighbours to get together and raise vital funds for both local communities and the Army family. Get your pans hot, your chopping boards prepared and be ready to set a dining table with a difference.
ABF The Soldiers’ Charity runs Big Curry, a year-round national campaign, which encourages people to come together and share a curry in support of soldiers, veterans and their immediate families. In September 2019, Neighbourhood Watch and ABF The Soldiers’ Charity launched a month-long fundraising initiative called Together for Good: The Neighbourhood Watch Big Curry. Supporters of both charities held events bringing neighbours, friends and family together to share a meal while making and building relationships with others and raising awareness of both charities. Both charities have shared values – the importance of home and community; the meaning of safety and support; and the value of connections and starting conversations.
We received great feedback on the partnership, so we are continuing the positive spirit by launching a Boxing Day Big Curry! Invite your neighbours to pop over for a poppadom, try a turkey tikka with your leftovers or a Boxing Day bhuna. There is no minimum fundraising amount – the goal is to have fun and bring people together. There are free recipes and games to try with your friends, family and neighbours so keep an eye out for more this December.
If you can’t take part in the Boxing Day Big Curry, you can still combat the cold of winter this January by opening your home or local community centre with the smell of cooking and join in with the Janu-Curry Get Together! Use free recipes and the spices in the back of your cupboards to create cooking magic! With every penny raised, you will help the Army family whilst helping to build friendlier, inclusive and safer neighbourhoods. All funds raised will be split equally between The Soldiers’ Charity and Neighbourhood Watch Network.
John Hayward-Cripps, CEO of Neighbourhood Watch Network, said: “Communities are most resilient to crime when neighbours look out for each other. What better way to get to know your neighbours than by sharing a meal with them? We’re really proud to be partnering with The Soldiers’ Charity on this special project.”
Brigadier (Ret’d) Robin Bacon, Chief of Staff at ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, added: “It is a great pleasure to be joining Neighbourhood Watch again and bringing people together to share a curry with a difference. Every bite matters when it comes to taking part in a Big Curry meal. We are delighted to be helping both the Army family and also the local communities they live in.”
To find out more about hosting a Boxing Day Big Curry or Janu-curry Get Together, visit soldierscharity.org/big-curry/get-involved