Monday 13 May 2013

Have a Big Night In with The Big Issue!

I am, it has to be said, something of a homebody. My idea of a good evening is pootling around in the kitchen making something delicious, before settling back to watch a movie with a glass (or two) of wine with my best girl by my side. For me, home is very definitely where the heart is.
For thousands of people up and down the country, this is a seemingly unobtainable dream. Due to abuse or poverty, they have to spend their nights in shop doorways or one-night hostels, vulnerable to a very cruel world. Homelessness is on the rise in the UK, and it's vital that those of us lucky enough to have a roof over our heads do something to help out those that don't have that blessing.
However, that doesn't mean we can't have a little fun in the process. The Big Issue Foundation is launching The Big Night In this week. Imagine Come Dine With Me without the irritating fame-monsters. The idea's pretty simple. Throw a dinner party, give it a theme, and raise some cash for a very good cause. There are tons of ideas on the Big Night Out website, including recipes from celebrity chefs like Ainsley Harriott. I'm certainly going to give his chicken and chorizo bake a try--it looks delicious.
For those of us who aren't really into the whole Children In Need shave-your-head-and-sit-in-a-bath-of-jelly style fundraising, The Big Night In offers a cosy and rather more civilised way to help out those who, through no fault of their own, find themselves without a place they can call home. To me, that seems like a pretty fair deal.
Everyone into their Pier32 onesies and over to mine, then. I'll get the Twister board set up.

The Big Issue Foundation Big Night In

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