This Easter Bank Holiday Weekend will be like no other, as millions of us struggle to cope with physical distancing measures. That’s why Eden Project Communities is launching The Big Thanks campaign with #GoodEgg shout outs to get the nation celebrating the supporters and spreading joy neighbour to neighbour.
Hundreds of thousands of people are already taking positive action in response to the Covid-19 crisis, from cheering messages for neighbours to see and sharing groceries to going above and beyond to deliver food parcels, medicines, sewing scrubs for the NHS and more.
Jacqui Shimidzu who runs The Hill Station Café, in Lewisham, South London has been given a #GoodEgg shout out for her support; she said: We’ve stepped things up at our cafe – it’s become a hub delivering boxes of fruit, veg and staples to those in isolation or in need as well as NHS workers. We set up a Chicken Team to look after chickens that live at our local adventure playground and 300 helpers are running errands for people. It’s been an amazing response. I feel quite emotional.”
Supporting the nation through the Community Action Response to Covid-19, Eden Project Communities and over thirty of their partners including The National Lottery Community Fund, Neighbourhood Watch, Neighbourly and the Campaign to End Loneliness recognise positive action comes in all guises, and how important it is to celebrate even the small things people do.
The absence of physical human contact has increasingly negative impacts over time, so partners are stepping up efforts to recognise the hyper local action and want to encourage everyone to make positive social gestures, feeding community spirit that will enhance our resilience over time.
Peter Stewart, Eden Project Executive Director said:
“We’ve seen so many good eggs taking positive action in our communities, neighbour to neighbour. Every act of kindness will help us to cope better with the difficult situation we’re facing. As we tire it’s even more important to keep spreading human warmth so we feel connected, supported and stay strong together”.
David Howie a good neighbour in Cleethorpes Lincolnshire said:
“We’ve come together as a community to support neighbours, shopping for anyone who can’t get out and being in constant contact. People are isolated, lonely and worried so good eggs reaching out, being friendly helps.”
Even the smallest acts of kindness can make the world of difference to people who might be struggling and they allow us to connect with our neighbours.
Join The Big Thanks and spread a little egg-stra joy this Easter Weekend with your #GoodEgg shout out @edenprojectcommunities and be part of something special.
- Thank someone in your community using #GoodEgg and #TheBigThanks
- Post your thanks on thebigthanks.org and we might send them an egg-stra special thank you
- Post a positive, uplifting, hopeful message to your online groups
- Good humour goes a long way. Place a smiley egg, funny picture or joke where people in your neighbourhood can see it to give your neighbours a smile
- Check on your neighbour, say hello and offer support if they need it