BrightonSoup @ One Church 26th May 2017

Our 10th BrightonSoup event, this time at One Church, Florence Road

We list here everyone that organised, volunteered, cooked, entertained, provided prizes, decorations, pitched, won and basically helped make it all happen:

Any Other Business Brighton (AOB)

This was a special BrightonSoup event held alongside the Brighton Festival and part of the Any Other Business Brighton week of events reflecting the ‘Everyday Epic’ of Brighton.

Thanks to Sunetta Kiarie and Eugenie Teasly of The Goodall Foundation for inviting us to be part of this great week of events.

Thanks also to AOB Crew member, Chris Llewellyn, for £500 of match funding donated to the projects on behalf of the The CriSeren Foundation.

And thanks to the rest of the AOB Crew for their support.

Jenny Skelton pitched for her Disability Pride Brighton project and won the vote, getting £705.70 in donations for her event.

£505.70 of the winning funds was raised by tickets and donations from guests at the event, and £200 from the CriSeren matched funding.

The £300 balance of the matched funding was split £100 to each of the 3 runners up.


Thank you to Chloe & Rohan from Speak Out who came back to tell us how their film project went since winning at our BrightonSoup @ Community Base event back in December 2016.

As a special treat we were given the chance to debut the film that evening.


The Venue

BrightonSoup @ One Church
Florence Rd

Thank to Ben Szobody, Donna DeKoekkoek & Xavier Armani – also part of the AOB crew – for all their help.

The Projects

A huge thanks to all the pitchers taking part on the night, it’s not an easy task and 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 – Caritas

The Caritas Meal is a monthly Sunday meal for people who are homeless or vulnerably housed and those who feel excluded or on the periphery of Society.

We have on average about 60 people coming each month and as well as providing a good quality hot cooked meal  (prepared on site by volunteers – usually 3 courses!) we also give people the opportunity to relax, chat, read a newspaper or just to be quiet.

The Caritas Meal started in 2013 at All Saints Church hall in Hove in  response to the fact that there are few services open on Sunday for those who are homeless, and on the streets Sundays have been referred to as “Suicide Sundays.”

We have a mixed team of over 50 volunteers from the community (some churchgoers and some not, of all faiths and none) who make this happen each month.

Pitching: Lucy McGrath & Sonia Mangan

Caritas Meal
07765 673 176



2 – Disability Pride Brighton (Winner)

I decided to start Disability Pride Brighton because one of my adopted children, Charlie, suffered a traumatic incident of disability discrimination last year during Pride weekend, and the Facebook post I subsequently wrote about it went viral.

I mentioned that we should have a Disability Pride event in Brighton and everyone thought it was a wonderful idea – so then I had to actually do it!.  The event will be in New Road (which will be closed for the day) and it will be a celebration of and for all people with disabilities.

It is the first Disability Pride in the country and will run on the same day as Disability Pride New York, Italy and Switzerland.  In order that people with the most severe disabilities are not excluded from the celebration, we would like to hire a changing places toilet with hoist for the day.

Pitching: Jenny & Charlie Skelton

Jenny Skelton
07973 774 691 Pride Brighton

Twitter: @dpridebrighton

3 – The Dot Collective / Found In Translation

Found In Translation is a theatrical project that actively involves and engages those living with dementia in care centres through one hour storytelling workshops, where the client will be encouraged to share ideas, write poetry and enjoy a theatrical environment.

The ideas will be developed by 2 professional playwrights into a series of short plays and rehearsed to performance standard. These workshops will provide social and mental stimulation for the clients.  The plays will then be performed by professional actors with all the sensory elements of a pop-up theatre, back to the clients with dementia as well as to the general public to raise awareness of the disease.

Pitching: Laura Harling

Laura Harling
07885 456 135



4 – The Nail Project

The Nail Project aims to link two of Brighton’s unique problems: Widespread youth unemployment and a shortage of skilled staff in a growing service industry. On the way, this innovative social project will use service industry skills to focus on the heart of the insecurities common to young people.

A weekly drop in, on a Monday for young people to practice new manicuring skills on friends, family or each other. We have industry professionals ready to offer time to demonstrate their area of expertise, including hand massage and nail art.

We will be affiliated with The Guild of Beauty Therapists, offering certificates in Manicure, enabling entry in to the nail industry.

Collaborating with a number of One Church Brighton projects, including Lifetimes, Chomp, Justlife and The Nurture Network, young people will be encouraged to offer manicures as a form of therapeutic interaction with some of the most isolated people in Brighton and Hove.

Pitching: Mary-Anne Clough

Mary-Anne Clough
07703 385 850




Soup & Food

These souper-stars provided 6 delicious soups to all of our guests – all gluten free with vegan/vegetarian options.

Tom Chadd @ The Soup Dept

  • Mushroom & Basil Pesto

Lizzie Batten

  • Clam Chowder

Sam Redfern – TRJFP Volunteer

  • Spring Minestrone

Joanna Gray

  • Spicy Bean

Ros Morris

  • Roasted Butternut Squash

Martin Pritchard

  • Spicy Red Pepper

Thanks to all our chefs and to everyone that brought food to share.

Special mentions Ahmed El Dessouki at Papa John’s Pizza Brighton for once again providing big delicious pizzas – 10 of them!

And to the Pro Baristas for providing us all with delicious coffee!




Thank you to the awesome Scandomando for taking time out from gigging to play for us.

Little Al, Big Tone, Baggy and The Kernel gave us a super blast of upbeat punk skiffle covers that got people on their feet.




Decorations, Donations & Raffle Prizes

These are the local (and some national) businesses that supported us with donations and some amazing raffle prizes. These contributions help us to cover the cost of hosting the event so that all the ticket donations can go to the winner.

We raised £243 so a HUGE thank you!

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The Volunteers

Thanks to Olivia Canham, Kris Kristian, Colin Tribe and Sunetta Kiarie for being part of this events project selection team.

Thanks to Lizzie Batten, Sam Redfern for serving soupers and the awesome Olivia Canham and helping out in the kitchen.

Thanks to Richard Boll for doing the photography.

Thanks to all those that helped us clear up, with special mentions to Ros Morris and friend.

And the countless other people that we just rudely neglected to mention, but please forgive us for missing out. Just let us know who they are so we can update the page.

Check out the event photos.

Team Soup

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