Richard Parry, who took part in the Eden Project’s Great Big Walk to raise awareness of loneliness and the importance of connected communities, was reunited with his family in Penarth on Sunday at a Big Lunch celebration in Plassey Square to mark his homecoming.
The three-week Great Big Walk culminated in the Great Get Together, an event created by the Jo Cox Foundation and Eden Project communities to ‘celebrate community togetherness and end loneliness’.
Richard, who walked back to Penarth from the late MP’s constituency in Batley in Yorkshire said: “One of the aims of these events is to combat loneliness, which is increasing not only in the elderly but teenagers and new parents too.
"Events that bring people together, break down barriers, and help reduce the problem of social isolation, are invaluable.”
Representing the group of residents from Plassey Square Community View, who organised the event, Zoe Lincoln, said: “The Big Lunch we organised last year was such a success we wanted to do it again. It’s a fantastic opportunity to get to know our neighbours build a stronger sense of community and it makes our area a nicer place to live because more people will smile and say hello.
“This year it was extra special, welcoming Richard home to our community get-together.
“The children even made a giant banner and walked the last few hundred metres home with him.”