Campaign to commemorate 75th anniversary of VE Day
Caudwell Children, the national charity that provides practical and emotional support to disabled children and their families, is urging the public to get behind a BBC campaign to commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE Day, on Friday 8th May, 2020.
The day celebrates the formal acceptance by the Allies, of Germany’s unconditional surrender at the end of World War Two.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic most of the events and street parties that had been planned to mark the occasion, when the guns fell silent at the end of the war, have been cancelled or postponed. However, the BBC still want people to mark the occasion and share their pride in the country, and honour the men and women of World War Two.
In order to do this the corporation has created Great British Bunting, a campaign to encourage people to download the BBC Bunting template so that they can create their own, colourful, VE Day 75 bunting to hang in their window and cheer up their street.
“This is a fabulous initiative,” said Mark Bushell from Caudwell Children. “The BBC are giving people all the instructions that they need to get started using any paper, cereal boxes, string, ribbon, sweet wrappers, felt pens, poster paints they have, or whatever materials they can find.
“Caudwell Children, has been supporting disabled children and their families for over 20 years and this experience has helped us to appreciate the feelings of boredom, and restlessness, that can arise out of long periods of isolation in the home.
“So having something creative to do, to mark this occasion, is a fantastic way to keep children occupied at what is a difficult time.”
The bunting can be decorated with pictures of whatever inspires you whether it’s those who fought on the frontline or worked hard on the Homefront, or it could celebrate enduring peace, or your own personal hero.
BBC Radio Stoke presenter Louise Stones said: “We want people to hang their bunting with pride over the weekend of Friday 8th May to Sunday 10th May.
“And remember to share your pictures with us and on social media using the hashtags #GreatBritishBunting, #VEDay75 and #BBCMakeaDiffernce.
“So join in, do your bit, and get colouring, and if you live in the Staffordshire region don’t forget to tag BBC Radio Stoke.
“All BBC radio stations are joining in across the country so spread the word to anyone you know who would enjoy it.”
Caudwell Children, has also produced a unique collection of FREE weekly Activity Packs to get children and young people thinking, moving, and creative during the coronavirus lock-down.
The packs, developed in response to the feedback the charity has received from the families that it supports, have been designed with disabled children in mind.
However, whilst many of the activities have been created for children between the ages of four and twelve, the team at Caudwell Children are keen to stress that some of the activities are suitable for older children and even adults.
“Whilst the activities are disability friendly they are also accessible and inclusive to children of all abilities and ages,” continued Mark. “The packs, which will be emailed to subscribers on a weekly basis, have been designed in collaboration with our Clinical and Family Service teams to meet the needs of a large range of children and young people.”
You can subscribe to receive Caudwell Children’s Activity Packs through the website here.
To get involved with the BBC Great British Bunting campaign visit the website here.