Back in the summer of 2016, we had an amazing soup evening at the lovely Revival Café at Emmaus. At the end of the evening a couple of women – Ayten and Joe – came over to say how much they really enjoyed the whole evening and wanted to help.
Ayten wanted to donate a box of luxury goods to our next raffle, and Joe wanted to cook us some delicious soup. And true to their word, they did – and have many times since!
Recently we spoke to them about why they wanted to get involved. In a few weeks we will hear from Joe, but first up is Ayten. Ayten runs the Ayten Gasson boutique, which sells ethical luxury items.
I first heard about Brighton Soup through a very good friend of mine who had been before and spoke passionately about it. I now regularly attend and prepare a raffle prize for each event for my own little way of supporting the cause. My friend now actually prepares soup for the night so she, along with the whole Brighton Soup community, is really quite inspirational!
There are a number of things I love about the event but something that really stands out for me is the clear empathy and commitment of those involved. It shows us that there are people out there who want to make things better and lend a helping hand. With so much uncertainty and, frankly, terrible things going on in the world right now it’s comforting to know that there are good people who want to get involved and do what they can for their community.
As the owner of my company and boutique I love to see other independent business owners taking the time to support people trying to get an idea off the ground. They are all so supportive, whether that means volunteering, donating or just simply attending.
I’m originally from London and started my business there but I can’t think of anywhere else I would have wanted to open my boutique. It is a bit of a cliché but Brighton does have a certain feel about the place and I’ve definitely felt support from the wide range of independent businesses we have in the city.
As a parent I’m always interested in any projects and ideas presented at the soup nights that concern or involve children and also, as someone runs a creative business, I’m always impressed by anyone using their creativity to help others.
Brighton Soup is a great way to help the community and get inspired at the same time. Everyone is so dedicated to what they do that you can’t help but come away wanting to do more.
The ‘Ayten Gasson Boutique’ can be found at 32A Bath Street, or online at www.aytengasson.com
Ayten has once again donated a raffle prize for our upcoming event (Friday 28th September at All Saints, Hove) Quick link for tickets here!