Well firstly, a big yay, for another great soup night! Friday’s event at Community Base was our biggest yet and we sold out our remaining tickets in no time. We heard 4 passionate pitches for deserving community projects: soul food for parents, access to a community farm for people to learn about producing food, helping young people tell their stories through writing, and emotional healing through singing. We ate delicious food, heard talented musicians strut their stuff, met some lovely people and voted for the project we wanted our ticket donations to go to. It was a tough call as they were all deserving projects, but the winner was Ruth Mason with her RISE Up Singing choir project.
So many things went right on the night and there’s a lot to be thankful for. But before we say thanks, we need to say oops and sorry. In the excitement on the night we miscalculated the total raised. On the night we thought we raised £287.50 in door money, but when we checked our figures later we realised we actually raised £351.50! And because of a matched funding offer, Ruth will actually get £703.60 for her project (and not the amount stated on the huge, symbolic, and now inaccurate cheque she took home with her on the night).
Which brings us to our first big thanks. And that’s to Ahmed El Dessouki of Papa John’s Pizza in Brighton. When he heard about what BrightonSoup were doing Ahmed offered to match the money raised! Not just the door money raised for the winning project, but also raffle and donations we raise for BrightonSoup itself. And if that wasn’t enough he arranged for delivery of 5 very large, tasty pizzas to go with our delicious soups. And the did :_
All told, Papa John’s donated pennies shy of £500 + pizzas. How fantastic is that, for the winning project, and for BrightonSoup. We kept these details secret until the event and the surprise in the room when we made the announcement was great. It’s a shame Ahmed and his family couldn’t be there to enjoy it, but we’re hoping they can come next time and meet Ruth when she comes back to tell us all how her project is going.
Apologies out of the way, we can focus on other things that went right, which I’m glad to say was pretty much everything else. In no small part because of the people that helped us make this event one of the best we’ve had! A big thanks to all the ladies that pitched: Ruth, Julie, Jez, Maggie and Ingrid.These people are already out there making our community better, and without them we wouldn’t have a soup event.
Thanks, as ever to the designated chefs: Tom, Ash, Lizzie and Soreh. We get our name from what they bring to the party, but it’s the quality and deliciousness of what they do that makes it work.
And thanks also to the talented musicians from Carnivalé. A couple of original tracks, some Beatles covers and a liberal dose of their undeniable musical talent, Tom and Jim entertained delightfuly. They took all our minds off the votes being counted. We can’t wait until their debut album gets released.
And all of this magic took place in the splendid 5th floor conference room at Community Base in central Brighton. Thanks to Alison and Olivia for inviting us to use their space. The money we saved went on a couple of soup kettles so we can now host events in community centres without proper kitchen faclities.
Finally, though, the biggest thanks goes to all of you that came along. It’s your money that goes to these projects and it’s your vote that decides where in our community we invest it. Without you all of you this wouldn’t be possible. So give yourselves a pat on the back – or applause if you feel so inclined :). Well done you!
Hope to see you at the next one!