BrightonSoup @ The Crypt 29th April 2016

Our 5th BrightonSoup event, this time in Kemptown.

Everyone that organised, volunteered, cooked, entertained, provided prizes, decorations, pitched, won and basically helped make it all happen is listed below:

BSoup-Sponsor-Bowl-Papa-JohnsSam Hart from Sussex Prisoners Families won the vote for her Court Support project, taking £893 in door money and matched funding from Papa John’s Pizza Brighton. So a huge thanks once again to Ahmed El Dessouki for doubling the donations to give Sam such a great boost to her Court Support project.

Previous winner Simon Cobb from Stoneham Bakehouse came and gave us an update on his Elephant Bike to Deliver Bread & Wellbeing project.

2016-04-29-204214-#864-AAThe Venue

St Georges Church
St George’s Rd

It was a beautiful, spacious venue and we really enjoyed the space. A big thanks to Christine el Shabba for locking up for us.

The Projects

Thanks to all the pitchers taking part on the night, it’s a huge part of what makes a BrightonSoup event so memorable.
And maybe the soup.

There were 4 people pitching projects on the night and though only one could win the pot, they’re all deserving of your support. If you can help please get in touch with them directly or use our contact form.

1 – Goodmoney Gift VouchersProject-Logo-Goodmoney

Goodmoney CIC is a Brighton based social enterprise. Our aim is to help businesses exchange their under-utilized capacity with each other and donate their excess capacity to the third sector.

We decided to start by building a community of businesses. So, at the end of September last year we launched a gift voucher for independent local businesses. This has helped us build a network of over 200 local businesses so far and establish Goodmoney CIC as a trusted provider of alternative financial services.

We’ve now got a funding application in that will hopefully help us add functionality to build and trial a mobile app to help businesses find new opportunities to swap their goods and services with each other. We also want to keep developing our local business gift voucher and that’s what we’d like to ask for support for…

We want to buy a colour laser printer that can print on card, so we can offer people free greetings cards / voucher wallets to when they buy a Goodmoney gift voucher. We’ll then be able to send personalised cards with and a gift voucher directly to the people the gifts are for, making it a really convenient as well as thoughtful gift.

Pitching: Dan Webb

Dan Webb

Facebook facebook/goodmoneycic
Twitter @goodmoneyUK

2 – Rhythmix Project-Logo-Rhythmix

Rhythmix is a music, social welfare and education charity. Rhythmix believes in the power of music to transform lives and that everyone should have the chance to express themselves through music.

We are one of the most established and highly regarded music organisations working in this field. We have a 15-year history of regionally and nationally acclaimed work that demonstrates flexibility, belief, imagination, partnership and connection. We run over 150 music sessions for people in challenging circumstances each week, and all our money goes towards running those. We’re at the cutting edge of music education, but using derelict hardware that crashes many times a day.

We could be more efficient, get more work done, and therefore help more people if we had working, modern hardware.

Pitching: Lucy Stone

Lucy Stone
07968 790 375

Facebook facebook/RhythmixMusicCharity
Twitter @RhythmixMusic

3 – The Reveals Festival (St. John’s School and College)


St. John’s School and College is a non-maintained residential & day special school and independent specialist college, based in Seaford and Brighton. We are also a registered learning disability charity that raises funds for the various projects and initiatives accessed by the people we care for.

We support young people from all walks of life, aged 7-25, who have complex learning disabilities and special needs. We currently have over 100 learners with autistic spectrum disorders (ASD), Downs Syndrome, Asperger’s Syndrome and severe communication difficulties.

With your support we’re looking to host a creative arts and music festival specifically for young people with learning disabilities. The Reveals Festival will take place over the 13th and 14th July. The festival is to celebrate our 130th anniversary and designed to provide these young people with the chance to enjoy a safe festival experience and develop the skills involved around organising a large scale event.

Pitching: Nicholas Cross, Lucy Howells & Alex

Nicholas Cross
07834 181 377

Twitter @stjohns_sussex

4 – Court Support – Sussex Prisoners’ Families (Winner)

Project-Logo-Sussex-Prisoners-FamiliesSussex Prisoners’ Families provides support to those with a loved-one in prison. Our court volunteers offer families vital advice, information and a listening ear as soon as someone is sent to prison.

We’re looking for funding to train volunteers for our Court Support project. It costs £250 to train a single volunteer, that can look after 50 families in a year 2016-04-29-193714-#891-CDA #edited(over 200 people).

 Pitching: Sam Hart

Sam Hart

Twitter @sussexprisonfam


Soup & Food

These souper-stars provided 5 delicious soups (with vegan, vegetarian and 4 gluten free options) to all of our guests.

Tom Chadd @ The Soup Dept
Thai Red Pepper & Carrot Soup

Ash Sharma @ Cactus Cafe
Sopa de Frijoles

Lizzie Batten
Clam Chowder

Sam Redfern – Pop-Up Events & TRJFP Volunteer
Chicken Noodle

Matteo Watkins
Caramelized Sweet Potato & Chilli

Thanks to Simon from Stoneham Bakehouse for bringing some delicious bread again. And the usual big thanks to all the people that brought food along to share. You’re awesome.


The entertainment was provided by local legend, Dr David Bramwell of Cheeky Guides and Catalyst Club fame. Recounting tales of travelling the world visiting utopias and coming home to start a local Zocalo.



Decorations, Donations & Raffle Prizes

These are the local (and some national) businesses that supported us with donations and some amazing raffle prizes. Without these contributions we couldn’t afford to cover the cost of hosting the event so that all the ticket donations can go to the winner.

So a HUGE thank you!

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The Volunteers

Community Organisers, Hattie & Dot for once again giving their time to help give our presenters some invaluable “pitch” training. We think it paid off.

Dot (again), Olivia from Community Base and previous Ruth Mason for being part of our Project Selection Committee.





A big thanks to Ben Raddy who come along early to help us set up. Judy Sweeney who spent the evening helping Peter and Lizzie in the kitchen. And normally we give a grateful thanks to all the lovely people that pitched in at the end to help us clear up, but this time it was EVERYBODY! We asked for help and you guys all helped. Tables cleared, folded and chairs all put back in to pews in what seemed like moments. Way faster than setting up.

So this time it’s a picture of you 🙂

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Thanks for making it a great night.

Check out the photos

Team Soup







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