Monthly Archives: February 2017

BrightonSoup @ St George’s 24th Feb 2017

Our 9th BrightonSoup event, this time at St George’s Hall, in Hangleton.

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


Ruth from Young Carers with their Wishes and Wonders project won the vote in £467 in donations.img_9444_edited

Simon from Stoneham Bakehouse came back a year later to give us an update, and talk about his new crowdfunding project.

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BrightonSoup @ St George’s

Court Farm Road


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The Projects


Thanks to all the pitchers taking part on the night, we couldn’t do it without you.

There were 4 projects on the night and they are always looking for extra help and support.

If you can help please get in touch with them directly or use our contact form.

1 – Educrate

EduCrate’s mission is to support students by EduCrate-Logo.pngfostering links between schools in the UK and around the world, promoting global awareness and advocating educational equality.

EduCrate’s mission is to support students by fostering links between schools in the UK and around the world, promoting global awareness and advocating educational equality. They link local schools to international schools in need usually chosen due to their poverty status; they’re struggling to provide adequate levels of basic school resources, and ensure their students can use education to get themselves out of poverty.  Their first step is to collect and then ship bespoke educational resources to those in need, turning waste into want. EduCrate’s job is to get those crates from A to B.

Pitching: Jemma Sheppardimg_9280_edited



2 – Awareness for invisible illnesses and fundraising for Guide Dogs UK


Nazan is passionate about raising awareness for invisible illness as it’s a subject very close to her heart. She is holding an event that she believes will be beneficial to anyone who’s struggling with an invisible illness. She will doing a motivational talk based on her journey and how she’s been inspired by it.

It will benefit everyone with an invisible illness, and people who are close to someone who has an invisible illness. The speeches will inspire people to not let their circumstances limit them. There will also be a Q&A and interview from a blind person who owns a guide dog to show how beneficial a guide dog can be through daily struggles of a person who’s not sighted. There will, be a raffle and live music from 4 different bands including someone who is visually impaired in each band. Nazan will also be creating a promotional video for the event that is edited with a filter of how she see’s. All money raised by the event will be donated to GUIDE DOGS UK.

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Event Info

Fundraising Page


3 – Portslade Tool Library

To set up Brighton and Hove’s first Tool Library. Why buy a tool when you can borrow one from a neighbour that you’ve never met before?  The tool library will help people save money and waste less, but also cultivate a happier and more sustainable community.  Their vision is to create a place where people can borrow objects, share ideas, and connect with others.

Pitching: Sophie Passmoreimg_9306_edited


4 – Young Carers


Supporting young carers who care for an adult or family member with an illness or disability.  As part of this work they provide respite breaks and aspirational activities which allow young carers to form social and support networks, have a break from caring,  as well as build skills and aspirations for their futures.

The Wishes and Wonders project will work with a group of young people and a local musical and digital artist to develop a soundscape piece reflecting the young carers hope and dreams.  This will be both a memory making experience as well as producing a permanent piece of work that will aid raising awareness of young carers who remain a deeply hidden but vulnerable section of society.

Pitching: Ruth Sullivanimg_9348_edited





Soup & Food

These souper-stars provided 6 delicious soups (with vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options) to all of our guests.

Tom Chadd @ The Soup Dept

Sweet Potato and Lentil with Smoked Paprika

Lizzie Batten

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Sam Redfern – TRJFP Volunteer

Caldo Verde with Chorizo

Matteo Watkins

Italian Minestrone

Joanna Gray

Split Chickpea, Spinach & Masala Soup

Kate Dixon

Creamy Butternut Squash, Carrot and Lentil


Thank you to the awesome Rooz from Rooz img_9436_editedand The Carnivalé for coming in last minute and playing some great tunes.


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

Thanks to Mike Wardill , Caz O’Kane, Olivia Canham and Sarah Gibbons being part of the project selection team.

Thank you Lizzie Batten for once again spending the evening with Peter in the kitchen. Thanks also to Ros Morris for helping us set up and again along with Shauna Pentony, Jessie Roberts, Hilary Smith and many others clearing up. And thanks to Steph Shaw and Charlie Anjos for doing the photography.

Please forgive us if we missed anyone out, just let us know so we can update the page.

Team Soup


An Event Like No Other – Nick Cross of The Reveals Festival

Nick Cross from St. John’s School and College pitched at BrightonSoup back in spring of last year. To think that was nearly a year ago already! So he’s back to tell us allll about it..

“It feels just like yesterday that my colleague Lucy, St. John’s learner Charlie, his support worker Martin and I attended Brighton Soup in April 2016.

It was an event like no other, from our projects conception to being up on stage pitching to win funding à la Dragon’s Den, this was an experience we treasured.

Our project was to seek funding for the Creative Arts festival1Tent at the St. John’s School and College Reveals Festival. This event described as a ‘mini Glastonbury’ was to celebrate St. John’s, a learning disability charities, 130th Anniversary. Part of the celebration was to create a learning disability-friendly music, art and film festival. Many of our learners, due to their complex disabilities, would never get the chance to attend or perform in a festival due to the many risks these mainstream events possess so we thought…let’s bring the festival to them!

After much planning, prepping and panicking we had the idea locked down and approached the wonderful people at BrightonSoup to see if our project met their helpfully broad application criteria.

Having been accepted we tentatively attended pitch night in The Crypt of Kemptown’s impressive St. George’s Church. We didn’t know what to expect and as we entered were hit by a delicious smell of soup and the smiles of friendly faces.

It was an extremely relaxed, yet professional affair with 3 other amazing projects also pitching for support. We thought, perhaps arrogantly, our project was the most likely to capture imaginations and although nervous made an earnest effort detailing The Reveals Festival when it was our turn.

“We received a wonderful response from the room and although we didn’t win gained volunteer support, food support and vital equipment that helped bring the festival together.”



Despite not receiving the funding we don’t regret a moment of it. St. John’s made wonderful contacts who to this day support our work in a multitude of ways and the 2 day festival went off without a hitch.


We cannot thank Brighton Soup enough for their innovation, support and chance to improve the lives of our learners. We hope to attend more events in the future and know that this community inspiring idea will stand the test of time.

You can check out videos of our learners performing and just how much fun was had at the festival on our Facebook page.”

Nick Cross, St. John’s School and College

One Hell of a Souper Time

One of our newbie turned regulars Jessie, gives us a little taster of why she loves Soup.

“I have attended two BrightonSoup events now, both of which have offered completely different pitches, different vibes and of course… different soups. If I could use one word to sum up my BrightonSoup experience so far it would be ‘Inspirational’.


I was a little apprehensive before I went to my first Soup; I did not know what to expect. The concept sounded super interesting, however part of me felt slightly daunted about attending something completely unknown. How wrong could I have been? From the moment I stepped foot through the door I was immediately consumed by the hub of noise and energy that filled the room. A room full of strangers, sat shoulder to shoulder supporting their community, eagerly awaiting the first pitch to begin. There was also live music and food provided – what more could you want??

“By the end of the first event, there was no doubt in my mind that I would be going to the next one.”


My second BrightonSoup was even more amazing (although I am a little disappointed that I didn’t buy the first ticket to get the free box of chocolates). The pitches tugged on my heart strings, and I may have even shed a tear. You will be surprised at how much you can relate to people’s stories and how being in that room can leave you feeling completely and utterly overwhelmed.

The hard work, commitment and sheer passion which goes into creating and running the evenings is absolutely incredible.”