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What is Big Brekkie?


Big Brekkie is all about raising awareness and funds on World Autism Awareness Day (2nd April 2016) by, quite simply, eating breakfast! Throughout April, we're encouraging you to get involved by holding your own Big Brekkie event.

Big Brekkie was thought up by the team at Autism Wessex, the regional charity providing high quality specialist services for people affected by autism and associated difficulties across the counties of Dorset, Hampshire, Wiltshire and Somerset.

So if you’re a big lover of breakfasts and want to support the work we do, here’s how you can get involved...

Host your own event


Why not host your very own Big Brekkie event? You choose the time, date and location to suit you and eat whatever food you fancy! Muffins, full English, continental or bacon sandwiches - the choice is up to you.

As well as raising awareness, you can also collect donations from everyone or perhaps charge a set amount for a muffin or something similar? This is the perfect opportunity to hold an event that you are in control of and that suits you perfectly.




Does it have to be held on World Autism Awareness Day?

Not at all! You can hold your event at any point throughout April and we shall share your amazing effort through social media and through our website.

Do you supply the kit to decorate my breakfast event?

We sure do! Here is where you can find all of the materials, from invitations and posters to bunting and recipe cards, that’ll make your event look amazing. And, if you would like some balloons or printed materials, please do not hesitate to let us know and we’ll get them to you.

I can’t host my own event – are there other ways to get involved?

Of course. You could join an existing Big Brekkie event (listed here) or if you prefer you can donate here.

Any other questions?

Email us at and a member of the team will be happy to help!


How your
donations can help



£17 will fund a two-hour swimming session for an adult with autism, who will benefit from the enjoyable exercise and sensory experience.


£54 will pay for a weighted blanket for a child with autism to help them to feel more secure and stay calm throughout the day.


£120 will fund one drop-in session for adults with autism to meet others, make new friends and get vital information and support to show that they are not alone.


Other Events


If you can't host a Big Brekkie, but still want to join in, we would love to see you at any of the following events:

Autism Wessex, 22 Bargates, Christchurch, BH23 1QL - 1 April

We'll be hosting our own Big Brekkie event on Friday 1st April 2016 between 9.30-10.30am. Pop along, meet the team and enjoy a yummy breakfast for a small donation.

Salad Creative, Enefco House, 19 The Quay, Poole BH15 1HJ - 6 April

Salad are hosting a breakfast at their design studio on Poole Quay. Join them between 8.30 and 10 for coffee, bacon sandwiches and a host of healthy alternatives for those with a conscience!

Basepoint Bournemouth, Aviation Business Park, Enterprise Close, Christchurch, Dorset BH23 6NX - 7 April

This year The Big Brekkie will be taking place on Thursday 7th April 2016 from 8:30am to 10am. Licensees can come and enjoy a breakfast which will include bacon, sausage and egg baps along with fresh fruit, danishes, pastries and teas and coffees. Minimum donation will be £2.00.

Cook at Purewell, 2 Wilverley Road, Christchurch, Dorset BH23 3RU - 30 April

Join the team at Purewell for their Big Brekkie event between 9am-12noon.



We’ve pulled together a selection of all the items you might need to run your own event:

Our kind supporters


Lesley Waters

Mat Folas

Laceys Solicitors

Barclays House

Basepoint Business Centre Bournemouth

Castlepoint Shopping Park

Purewell Electrical Co Ltd

Salad Creative

Autism Wessex staff teams

Williams Thompson Solicitors



Thank you. There are more than 7,500 people in Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset alone who have autism - and many more are affected - so your participation will really help us to reach everyone who needs our advice, guidance and support.