What's The Big Eat?

The Big Eat is the perfect excuse for you to take over the kitchen – or sponsor your friends, family and colleagues to – and eat your favourite foods all in aid of a good cause!

Individuals, groups, schools, corporates, pubs, restaurants, friends and families can get involved!

Scroll down to find out how you can eat BIG and help raise money for our children’s hospice at home charity.

Download The Big Eat Fundraising Pack 

At Home


If you have an appetite for dinner parties, why not host your own in support of Jessie May?

Bring together your friends and family and help raise money through The Big Eat!

  • Cheese and wine evening
  • Afternoon tea
  • Pizza and prosecco night
  • A murder mystery party and dinner
  • Street party – bring together your neighbours and take some Jessie May collection tins!

For more fundraising ideas, download our Big Eat Fundraising Pack here: The Big Eat Fundraising Pack

Little Eats


Schools, nurseries, mums and tots and holiday clubs can all eat BIG and raise money for Jessie May through The Big Eat.

Why not try:

  • Bake sales! From cupcakes to homemade loaves, raise money for Jessie May and bake away!
  • Ice creams in the playground
  • Messy Eats… do you dare to propose a food fight?
  • Teddy Bear’s Picnic – bring your favourite cuddly +1 and enjoy a picnic with friends

Don’t forget to share your foodie fundraising efforts with us online using #JessieMaysBigEat!

The Big Eat at Work

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When you’re counting down until your lunch break, why not rally up your colleagues to get involved with The Big Eat! Here are a few fundraising ideas to tantalise your colleagues’ taste buds…

  • Bake Off – Challenge your colleagues to a Bake Off style contest, include a cost to enter and split the winnings between your champion and Jessie May!
  • Big Eat on the Boss – Get your boss to pay for lunch – and ask your colleagues to donate to Jessie May
  • The Big Eat at Christmas – host a festive celebration in support of Jessie May! Hold your workplace’s Christmas party in aid of our charity and donate profits from entry, and food and drink, to Jessie May.

For more workplace fundraising ideas for The Big Eat download our fundraising pack here: The Big Eat Fundraising Pack



The Big Eat is all about having fun cooking, eating, sharing and competing to raise money for Jessie May. We’re looking for foodie places to get involved and show their support through their own establishment. Some quick ideas on how you can get involved:

  • One Day Only – offer a % of your profits as a donation to Jessie May – we’ll share your posts and help promote your brand in the run-up
  • First Table – award your first customer of the day for a period of time with a free meal and ask for a donation to Jessie May instead
  • A Special Day – encourage your customers to EAT BIG by hosting a special day in support of Jessie May. Our Fundraising Team are no-hand to provide banners, leaflets and collection tins for your Jessie May foodie fundraiser!

Download our Big Eat fundraising pack for more fundraising ideas for your pub, bar, restaurant or health club here: The Big Eat Fundraising Pack


If you’re watching your weight you can still get involved with The Big Eat. Whether you’re an individual looking to lose a few pounds, or a gym or weight loss club looking to support a local cause, we have a large plateful of healthy fundraising ideas to share.

Perhaps you can commit to a vegetarian or vegan diet for a period of time?

Former World Snooker Champion Peter Ebdon shared with Jessie May: "I have been vegan for the past seven years and I have found it has really improved my health. I love all sorts of vegan recipes but my favourite is a vegan shepherd's pie which my sister cooks. She makes it with sweet potato, onions, lentils, carrots and celery. It’s fantastic!”


  • Give Up! Commit to giving up chocolate, crisps, sugar… or whatever you like and get sponsored for the challenge. Why not dare your partner or friend to do the same and compete.
  • Don’t order that weekly takeaway and donate what you save to our charity
  • Don’t go to the pub and donate your beer money to Jessie May
  • Take on the ‘Pound for Pound Challenge’ – the more you lose, the more you give!

How to pay in your money

Thank you so much to all hosting a Big Eat event! Make sure to send us your photos along the way and share them, along with your recipes, using #JessieMaysBigEat.


You can donate by clicking here or sending by post to:

Jessie May

35 Old School House

Kingswood Estate

Britannia Road



BS15 8DB

You can view our Kingswood office on maps here.

And of course, if you'd like to drop in with your donation, please do - we love to meet and thank our supporters in person!

Thanks to all our supporters!


As always, we would like to say a huge thank you to all our supporters - old and new. We hope you enjoy taking part in The Big Eat and are inspired by the ideas across our fundraising pack here: The Big Eat Fundraising Pack

If you'd like to get involved but would like to speak to a member of our fundraising team for some advice, or to receive Jessie May collections tins, posters etc, please give the team a ring on 0117 958 2174, or email fundraising@jessiemay.org.uk

Many thanks for your support!