“Over 6 million people and 1200 businesses have said they are taking part in The Big Help Out today, creating 8 million opportunities to volunteer in local communities across the UK!” the Together Coalition said on Monday.
In tribute to The King’s public service, The Big Help Out will encourage people to try volunteering for themselves and join the work being undertaken to support their local areas. The aim of The Big Help Out is to use volunteering to bring communities together and create a lasting volunteering legacy from the Coronation weekend.
There are more than 8 million opportunities to get involved on the day through the Big Help Out app – a one stop shop for volunteering opportunities across the country, and the first of its kind in the UK.
The Prince and Princess of Wales were joined by Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis to volunteer at Upton Scouts Hut in Slough to renovate and improve the building.
They joined volunteers in renovating the Scout Hut, with works including resetting a path, digging a new soakaway, sanding and revarnishing the front door, adding planters to the front of the building and adding a mural to create a lasting legacy of the Big Help Out’s work.
At Guide Dogs in Reading, The Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh joined future life-changers Hollie, Lucy, Luker, Nyla and Sunny and their volunteer puppy raisers at a special training class that celebrated the weekend’s festivities with a coronation-themed café.
The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester marked the Big Help Out by visiting the Coptic Orthodox Church where young volunteers were hosting a Coronation Street Party for the local community in Kensington.
PM Rishi Sunak and his wife also took part in The Big Help Out and prepared food at a village hall in Hertfordshire, where he said the Coronation had been a “dazzling spectacle”.
(Source and Images: Royal.uk and Twitter)