Souperstar: Martin Pritchard of Chu Chu Burmese Kitchen

Just before our last Soup Event (@ St George’s Hangleton) we caught up with one of our talented chefs, Martin Pritchard, who once again provided deliciou soup from from his Chu Chu Burmese Kitchen.

Martin & Tara Pritchard first joined us as volunteers in early 2017. They came to help set up at our May event, and we were all blown away by their boundless energy! Since then, they’ve volunteered at other events, and Martin has become one of our favourite soup chefs. Today, we’ve met him at ‘The Food Rocks’ market in Horsham, where he has a pitch every Thursday and Saturday selling delicious Burmese food.

Martin, how did you and Tara meet?

I was on my travels in Hawaii, queuing at a youth hostel. Tara was in the queue too! We got talking, and then met again on a flight to the Cook Islands. It went from there! We travelled together in New Zealand, and then lived together in Sydney, Australia for 9 months. When we returned to the UK, we moved in together and eventually married in 2009. We lived for a while in Chessington (near the theme park) but both loved the sea and came to Brighton whenever we could. We eventually moved here, but with our jobs don’t get to the beach as often as we’d like!

How did you get interested in cooking?

I grew up in Cheltenham, where I learnt to be a meat-and-veg man with a particular passion for peas soaked in vinegar! Later on, I studied Tourism and Management at Brighton Uni, living mainly on burgers and potatoes in all their guises. Tara, on the other hand, had grown up all over the world, eating spicy food in countries like Malaysia when she was just a kid. I guess I had a sort of ultimatum: “If you want this relationship to move forward, you need to expand your eating habits!”

So what happened?

We had an Italian housemate called Gino when we lived in Sydney, and he showed me some simple Italian dishes that inspired me. I found a love of cooking and have been making up for lost time ever since. Having been employed as a Payroll Manager for 17 years, I realised it was not what I had set out to do and it was driving me crazy. I hated being office bound and needed to do something different so I set up my own food business. Tara’s father is Anglo Burmese, and we decided that as Burmese food isn’t really known in the UK we would like to try and change that. Tara still has a job that takes her all over the world, but we’d both like to be able to dedicate ourselves to this line of work.

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The food is delicious! I just had a Dhal, which is quite like Indian or Nepali but also a bit different! And tea leaf salad?

Burmese Cuisine could be characterised by its use of fish (fish sauce and ngapi, which is shrimp paste) and drip shrimp, but it also takes influences from the countries it borders: Bangladesh, India, China, Thailand and Laos.

Many of the dishes we serve are traditional family recipes, the Oh No Khao Swe  (Chicken, Coconut & Egg Curry) is one of Tara’s Grandad’s recipes and one of the favourite things to eat in her family. “Chu Chu”, the name of the business, comes from the family name for the crispy egg noodles that are liberally sprinkled on the Oh No Khao Swe.

Laphet, or Tea Leaf Salad, is a ubiquitous Burmese dish. It is said that the Burmese are the only nationality to eat tea as well as drink it. The young tea leaves are picked and buried in sacks underground to ferment for anything between 6 months and 2 years. The tea leaves are then served over a salad of shredded veg (cabbage and lettuce), and served with numerous toppings such as crispy onion, crispy garlic, shrimp powder, mixed nuts and beans for the crunch that the Burmese love so much, along with the dressing of fish sauce, garlic oil and lime juice.

How did you get involved with Brighton Soup?

To be honest, Tara signed up for it initially. She was interested in what Brighton Soup do, and wanted to help out and try to make a difference to the community we live in, and I tagged along. I like what it stands for. There is a really nice environment at the events, and its great to be able to contribute to charities by doing what I do!

Martin can be found every Thursday and Saturday at the Food Rocks Market, Carfax, Horsham. If you love food, and particularly spicy food, then try this place out! Its just a bit different!

Chu Chu Burmese Kitchen

Team Soup

 

 

BrightonSoup @ St George’s Hangleton – Friday 6th July 2018

Our 14th BrightonSoup, at St George’s Community Hall in Hangleton.

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


BS14-event-bowl-st-georges-hoveThe Venue 

St George’s Community Hall
Court Farm Road
Hove
BN3 7QR

It’s a great place for a community event, we all had a good night.

A big thank you to Colm Lennon for letting us use the hall again, and being so supportive throughout.


The Projects & Pitchers

A huge thanks to all the pitchers taking part on the night, we couldn’t do it without you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Jess
from the Centre for Ecotherapy won the vote and £441.80 in ticket money for their Social and Therapeutic Horticulture Project.

A special thanks to the guest who donated a matching £441.80 to Park Life, and to another who offered to decorate a room for free for the William Collier House Project.

As always, we like to mention that the other projects are still looking for help and support. If you can help, then please get in touch with them directly (details below) or use our contact form.


1 – Centre for Ecotherapy – Social & Therapeutic Horticulture Project (Winner)

Jess from Centre for Ecotherapy pitched for some funding to support the delivery of their 6 week Social and Theraputic Horticulture Project.

The programme is for people at risk of isolation or experiencing mild to moderate mental health conditions who may benefit from participating in structured social activities in an allotment/nature-rich setting. Programme activities include: Plant bed creation and preparation; seed sowing and seedling care; planting out and follow on care; tree and shrub care; pruning and clearing; site design and development, including practical carpentry or fencing work; use of tools including garden tools, woodworking tools, bushcraft tools, hand saws; fire-making and food preparation; walks; animal/bird identification; discussions and supported social engagement.

It is recognised that for some people the bus journey and walk in the morning is a barrier to accessing this service. The Centre for Ecotherapy is committed to providing a taxi journey from a specific location to the allotment site for the 6 sessions.

Pitching: Jess Bayley

Contact:

Jess on 07517 090 915

info@centreforecotherapy.org.uk centreforecotherapy.org.uk
facebook.com/centreforecotherapy
instagram.com/centreforecotherapy


2 –  William Collier House – Communal Room Decoration

William Collier House is a hostel supporting 94 homeless men and women with substance misuse problems, mental health issues and learning difficulties.

Our residents often come to William Collier House straight from rough sleeping and can have quite chaotic lifestyles. As support workers, we work closely with our residents to prepare them for more independent living with the aim to move them within 2 years of them moving in. This involves helping them address addictions, manage their health and gain meaningful occupation whether that be enrolling on a course or getting into voluntary or paid work.

The funding of Brighton Soup would be used to redecorate an unused room in the hostel to use it as a multi-purpose room for activities and also as a communal space for residents to use to socialise as their lounge has now been converted to a work and learning centre, so they no longer have a communal area meaning they are drawn back into their rooms, causing boredom and isolation and increasing their substance use and poor mental health.  The room would help bring back a sense of community and allow them to connect with each other

Pitching: Sarah Lobo

Contact:

Sarah on 07470 874 701

Lobo_sarah@yahoo.co.uk

 


3 – Park Life – The Park Life Campaign

Outdoor play is essential for children. Parks are places where children can learn to be active, get fit and healthy, and where they and their parents can meet friends and build their community. The Park Life Campaign has been set up by a group of local residents and parents to try and get the decent parks that East Brighton deserves. We want the local authority to take notice and take action, by investing in our local parks and by listening to local resident feedback – including the voices of our children. We want our children to have the benefit of a decent park in the heart of their community. We want to bring the whole community together to help make the change

Pitching: Evie Martin / Caitlin Smith

Contact:

Park Life on 07847 182 594

info@bhparklife.co.uk

www.facebook.com/BHParkLife/

 


4 – Imagine If – Whitehawk Inn Drama Club

The Whitehawk Inn Drama Club is is a free drop in group, with 8-10 people a week ageing from 20-70. We aim for our group to be as inclusive as possible tailoring the sessions to fit the needs of the group. It is a chance to escape and have fun using drama games in a supportive and safe environment. There is an emphasis on being playful and each individual is encouraged to participate as much or as little as they feel comfortable with.

Carlie and Karen have been voluntarily running Whitehawk Inn drama group for three years now. They both came to drama from their personal experience of social anxiety and noticing how drama helped. Playing drama games increased their confidence, self-esteem and communication skills. They are passionate about sharing their skills with others who could benefit. Carlie is a professionally trained actor and has extensive experience in theatre and performance. Karen has had training in clowning and puppetry and has recently completed an MA in Dramatherapy.

“A great group really helping my confidence and the leaders are really kind and supportive may there be many more”

Pitching: Karen Hickman

Contact:

Karin on 07769 172 153

kdhickman7@yahoo.co.uk

 

 


The Contributors

Music – Lauren Alex Hooper

A massive thank you to Lauren Alex Hooper for coming along to entertain us with her beautiful music. We loved it!

Check out her website laurenalexhooper.com and listen to her single Invisible again.


Soup and Food

These souper-stars provided a delicious menu of tasty soups to all of our guests – vegetarian, vegan, gluten free – something for everyone. We never get tired of thanking these awesome chefs!

Tom Chadd The Soup Dept
Tomato & Basil

Lizzie Batten
Pea & Ham

Sam Redfern
Summer Pesto

Joanne Gray
Summer Red Lentil, Spinach & Courgette

Martin Pritchard Chu Chu Burmese
Spicy Lentil & Tomato

A big thanks to Jim Gray for bringing along some freshly made bread, and to everyone else that brought food to share.


Decorations, Donations & Raffle Prizes

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

We raised £216 so a HUGE thank you!


The Volunteers 

  • Thank you to our Project Selection Team for the difficult task of whittling down submissions to the final four. Regulars Olivia Canham and Caz O’Kane (who also helped out in the kitchen) as well as guests for this event, Ken George and Carl Walker.
  • Thanks again to chefs Lizzie and Sam for spending the evening serving soup to people, and Martin who couldn’t make it, but still made soup for us anyway.
  • To first time soupers, HelpfulPeep Sharon Barrow for being so helpful, coming early and staying to the end, and Heather Clavering for all the help.
  • To the regular soupers who came early to help out or stayed late to clear up: Shelley Jane Brown, Maura Toner and Jacqueline Sethi.
  • To Alex Keene for taking some great photos and helping us clear up and load the van at the end of the night.
  • And a massive big thank you to everyone who helped clear up on the night. It’s a really nice feeling to see so many people who’s names we never get helping to put away tables, chairs, wiping table cloths and generally helping clear up. It always makes the clear up so much easier and we really appreciate it.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check out the event photos here.

Team Soup

Lauren Alex Hooper – a musical wordsmith

Hello Soupers!

Well, here we are, in the run up to our next event – BrightonSoup @ St George’s – on the 6th July!

We’ve been scurrying around getting everything ready for you, and it’s with no small amount of excitement that we announce our performer for the evening; Lauren Alex Hooper!

Lauren will be gracing us with her musical stylings, a musical wordsmith who uses the power of words as a way through her own journey with mental health. She follows this philosophy by running a blog;

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Lauren has just put out her first single – ‘Invisible’ – a deeply personal song she co-wrote to raise some awareness about how difficult it can be to get support. All the proceeds from this are going to the charity Young Minds.

Visit her website at laurenalexhooper.com

And come and see her perform on the 6th July 2018!
(psssst…you’re not too late to get a ticket!)

Team Soup

Bookface, Tweeter, Monstagram & The Postmonkeys!

Hi Soupers!

Well the project submission deadline has passed and we’re be getting a team together to go through them and select who will be pitching at our next event @ St George’s in Hangleton. A great venue we had the pleasure of hosting in once before.

We’re busy getting organised. The chef’s have all signed on. As has our musical entertainment (which we’ll tell you about soon). Some very lovely raffle prizes are coming in. We can’t wait!

In the meantime, we have a request. We’re looking for a cheeky, creative volunteer (or two) to take on our social media. Someone savvy with bookface, tweeter and monstagram as well as these bloggy things and of course the postmonkeys. If you’re capable and fancy wrangling all these things (or some of them) – or you know someone who can, then please do get in touch. We’d love to have them make our soup lives so much easier :).

That’s all for now.

Thanks!

Team Soup

Thank you for being a friend (and sorry about the song)!

Hi Everyone!

“I wanna tell you right now, and tell you again, thank you for being a friend”

Well I’m really sorry if we just got that song stuck in your head, but it’s perfect for what we want to say.

We’re in our 4th year now (yeah, really) and that couldn’t have happened without the wondrous, gorgeous, beautiful group of people – past and present – that have made us look good: the volunteers!

In this week celebrating volunteers, we wanted to let everyone know that we couldn’t, really, really, couldn’t have done – and be continuing to do – this, without people giving their time and energy for nothing but the love of doing it. And maybe a fun night out every now and then.

You lovely people that: make lovely food for us, sing and play for us, give us prizes to raffle, or money to projects, stand up and tell us about your passions, help us reach out for help, hand out leaflets, walk streets, host stands, spend days and evenings doing paperwork or organising things, writing blogs and posts, helping on the night (sometimes very late at night), taking photos, serving food, washing and clearing up, support us with donations of food, vegetables, cakes, equipment, money, advice, encouragement, buy tickets, come early to help, stay late to clear tables and chairs, even sweep and hoover. If you helped once, or have done so continuously. There really are too many of you to list here, but you know who you are. We certainly do.

So to all of you volunteers, from the heart, we say thank you so very much.

Now, again, sorry about the song, but it’s what we want to say. Well except the bit about buying you a Cadillac. Apart from that..

And if you’re too young to know the song, here it is. Enjoy!

Thank you for being a Volunteer.

Team Soup

PS: And speaking of thank you, if you’re attending the Survivor’s Network’s ‘Thank You Day’ tomorrow then we hope to see you there. If you haven’t registered yet, there’s still time.

Return of the Dragon Slayer!

Hey Soupers!

We’re very happy to announce our next community funding event!

Catchy title, but there won’t actually be any dragon’s slain on the night – it’s not that kind of event. These dragon’s will be warm and friendly, rather than fiery and deadly. It’s just a cute (we think) reference to our next event venue.

We’re heading back to St George’s Community Hall in Hangleton, where we had a great time one very cold February. This time we expect it to be gloriously bright and sunny – yeah, okay, more like ‘hope’.

Tickets are now available, but more importantly, we’re open for submissions! So if you have something you’ve been thinking of starting, or need a little financial help to keep something going – then do apply. Even if you don’t win you get a chance to promote your project and meet friendly dragons wanting to help and support you. And eat some delicious soup too :).

So, who wants to start something?

Team Soup

 

With a little Help from our Friends

If you’ve been to soup before then you know it’s attended by very lovely people. We know that from the help and support you’ve given us and our pitchers over the the last 3 years. And when we needed your help at our last event you really didn’t disappoint.

Coming up to our All Saints soup we knew were were going to be short on help as a few of our team couldn’t make it. So we turned to Helpful Peeps and connected with Maxine and Tenzin who offered to help setup, host and take down after. Still short the day before so emailed our guests and again our call was answered – Shelley and Pat offered to come along. We had more offers than we could cope with, especially from all you soupers at the end of the night – we managed to clear up and get home in record time. Thank you all so much!

And the awesomeness helpfulness on display didn’t stop there!

If you haven’t heard, Isha, Boudicca and Tom from Audi Active won the vote on the night to take £448 in ticket money and donations for their Young Women in Tech project. Trying to encourage young women to get involved in the technical side of the creative arts. It’s great project and the pitch was passionate, but then so were the others.

Shortly before announcing the results of the vote one of our soupers offered a secret donation of £250 to every project that pitched. Not only boosting Audio Active’s pot, but ensuring that Free University Brighton’s Projector, Fabrica’s Textile Flow and B&H Speakout’s Thumb’s Up projects all received some much needed funding. How wonderful was that!

Amongst all of this was the usual joyful food, soulful music and lovely company. Our chefs Tom, Lizzie, Sam, Joe and Martin again provided a variety of tastiness, with vegan and gluten free options. Laura and Adam of Hickory Signals entertained us with some very soulful and moving folk music. And you of course, provided the company.

Caitlin from Survivors Network returned to give us an update on her projects since winning the last event back in December. The work is almost finished and they plan to hold a special open day where soupers and funders can go along and see the finished work and meet some of the team. How cool!

We had another great raffle courtesy of all our wonderful contributors, helping us raise £222 for BrightonSoup – to help us do what we do. Thank you all so much. There are too many to list here, but we do on our event post and on social media. As always, we also ask the winners to let us all know how they enjoyed their prizes by posting photos here or in the usual online places.

So from being a little worried we would be overwhelmed before the event, turns out we have a lot of supporters out there. Thank you all so much for making it another great night – especially all those that helped or offered to – and congrats to all the pitchers.

We’ll be putting up the full event details shortly, all about the projects, the contributors, the chefs and their soups soups and everyone that made it happen. And you can see the photos here.

Oh, and by the way, have we said “Thanks!

Team Soup

 

 

 

Our 13th BrightonSoup, first time at All Saints Church in Hove.

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


BS13-event-bowl-all-saintsThe Venue 

All Saints Hove
The Drive
Hove
BN3 3QE

We love the spacious hall in heart of Hove. So did everyone. Thank you!


The Projects

A huge thanks to all the pitchers taking part on the night, we couldn’t do it without you!

Isha, Boudicca and Tom from Audio Active won the vote and £448.00 in ticket money for their Young Women Tech Group Project.

And a special thanks to the anonymous donor on the night who gave £250 to every project pitching!

As always, we like to mention that the other projects are still looking for help and support. If you can help, then please get in touch with them directly (details below) or use our contact form.


1 – Free University Brighton – Projector

Susie and Ali from Free University Brighton (FUB) went first, pitching for some funding for a projector.

FUB courses are for those who cannot afford university to get accreditation, and those who need attendance certificates for their training development like social workers and teachers, as well as people who simply wish to seek out knowledge from impassioned tutors.  It’s diverse and inclusive.

We desperately need a projector and good speakers for general use in the classroom. We recently had a situation where the tutor had to present his lecture from his laptop, which was just not satisfactory as he was forced to set things up from his wheelchair, and as a result students had great difficulty trying to see his presentation. We also hold film nights and recently showed Spider’s Web at Exeter St Community Hall, with the director staying afterwards for a question and answer session. Out of the 70 people in attendance, 60 stayed on for the Q&A.  Not having one ourselves, we were forced to borrow a projector and speakers for the event.

Pitching: Susie Oddball and Ali Ghanimi

Contact:
Susi on 07568 358 165
susioddball2k@yahoo.co.uk                                               freeuniversitybrighton.org 
facebook.com/FreeUniBrighton
@FreeUniBrighton


2 – Audio Active – Young Women in Tech (Winner)

Due to gender imbalance in music technology we hope to introduce female-led sessions for young women providing a safe space for young women to access music hardware and software. We would address issues raised by women we consulted, who don’t engage with our current open sessions for reasons including; intimidation, male dominance, lack of female role models and stigmatisation. We want to challenge the traditional notion that music tech is a male interest only. A female only session would empower and inspire, diversify the art form and tackle a skills shortage in the industry while strengthening our workforce.

Pitching: Isha Bailhache, Boudicca Pepper & Tom Hines                         

Contact:
Tom Hines on 07765 467 143                          audioactive.org.uk                  facebook.com/likeaudioactive
@Audio_Active

 


3 – Fabrica – Textile Flow

The Textile Flow project aims to reduce isolation and improve wellbeing through a series of welcoming and supportive workshops for older people to make social connections, learn new textile skills and share their knowledge. These skills-based learning sessions will meet weekly, alternating between two venues, Fabrica Gallery and Leach Course (a residential housing scheme for senior citizens located in Kemptown).T his project will give participants a welcoming and supportive space to create positive new connections and experiences based on interest rather than need.

Pitching: Sally Bourner

Contact:
Fabrica on 01273 778 646
fabrica.org.uk/textile-flow-workshops
facebook.com/FabricaGallery
@fabricaGallery 

 


BHSpeakout4 – Brighton &Hove Speak Out – Thumbs Up

The Thumbs Up card is a plastic card with the Thumbs Up logo, which can be used to ask for a little extra time, patience and support.

There are thought to be over 6000 people with learning disabilities in the city and they face extensive discrimination, poverty and barriers to community life. Communication difficulties often prevent people from accessing services, and we feel that showing a Thumbs Up card would be an easy way to alert people that the individual may have extra support needs without that person having to find the words to explain. Speak Out are constantly campaigning to raise awareness in Brighton and Hove about the needs of people with learning disabilities. We promote disability awareness and seek to educate businesses and organisations in the city about how to support people with learning disabilities.

Pitching: Liz Holmes with Deborah, Susan, Betty, Gregory and Peter.

Contact:
Brighton & Hove Speak Out on 01273 421 921
lizholmes@bhspeakout.org.uk
bhspeakout.org.uk
en-gb.facebook.com/bhspeakout
@bhspeakout

 


The Contributors

Music

A massive thank you to Laura and Adam – the Amazing folk duo Hickory Signalsfor coming along to entertain us with their beautiful music. And for hanging around to help us clear up :).


Soup and Food

These souper-stars provided a delicious menu of 5 tasty soups to all of our guests – fish, vegetarian, vegan, gluten free – something for everyone. We never get tired of thanking these awesome chefs!

Tom Chadd The Soup Dept
Cauliflower & Stilton

Lizzie Batten
Cock-a-Leekie

Sam Redfern
Spring Green Vegetable Soup

Joanne Gray
Mediterranean Red Lentil & Courgette

Martin Pritchard Chu Chu Burmese
Spicy Red Lentil & Tomato


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.

We raised £222 so a HUGE thank you!


The Volunteers 

  • Thank you to our Project Selection Team for doing the hard work of whittling down submissions to the final four. Regulars Olivia Canham and Caz O’Kane as well as guests for this event Stephen Chamberlain, Sam Hart, Chris Llewelyn and Sam Redfern.
  • Thanks again to Lizzie for spending the evening serving soup to people.
  • All of our lovely Team Soup volunteers for once again helping to put on a great event,
    and Martin who couldn’t make it, but still made soup for us.
  • To HelpfulPeeps Maxine Bradshaw and Tenzin, and soupers Shelley Jane Brown and Pat Mernagh for coming early to help get us ready and helping throughout.
  • And a massive big thank you to everyone who helped clear up on the night.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check out the event photos here.

Team Soup

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pitchers, Chefs & Hickory Signals!

Well hey soupers, our Spring event is fast approaching!

It’s a busy time all round. The pitchers have been selected and are putting pen to paper, no doubt practising their delivery in a mirror. They think you’re a scary bunch, but we know that’s not true. The soup crowd gives one of the warmest welcomes ever! Still, public speaking can be very scary. Would you do it?

Our team of volunteer chefs have once again committed to feasting you on the night, an aromatic range of deliciousness will once again be available – in all the usual veggie and dietary variations.

Tom, Lizzie, Sam, Joe & Martin – we salute you!

 

We are souper delighted to announce that Folk duo, Hickory Signals, will be performing on the night. Strong vocal melodies with guitar, shruti, flute and a variety of percussion, layering sounds carefully and minimally to atmospheric effect – both traditional and original songs. Laura Ward and Adam Ronchetti are a joy to listen to and we hope you enjoy it.

“Like stepping back into a bygone age, both in terms of musicality and atmosphere”
– FATEA Magazine

You can check out their music at hickorysignals.com and facebook.com/hickorysignals

 

This is a first for us: someone singing at soup that has previously pitched :). Some of you may recall Laura pitching on behalf of Brighton Oasis Project at our Emmaus event. Well now she’s back, but this time to sing and we’ve been looking forward to it.

Come and join us to hear those perfect pitches, taste scrummy food and enjoy the music. Only 2 weeks to go, but tickets are still available.

Hope you can join us.

Team Soup

Goodbye 2017, Hello 2018!

Happy New Year Soupers!

A bit of radio silence from us since our last soup, which seems ages – well it was last year :). A little down time, but we’re fully refreshed (sort of) and raring to go (almost). Much like everyone else we imagine. Hello 2018!

But before we leave 2017 behind we want to thank all of you for supporting us during the year: The souper chefs that deliciously tingled our taste buds * The glorious people and companies that donated prizes to the absolute delight of our guests, and helped cover our costs in the process * The superbly talented musicians that pleasured our ears (too much?)  and got our feet tapping * The little army of volunteers helping us prepare for the events, then turn up on the day to help make it all happen, and those staying late to help make it all unhappen – in time for bed * All of you wonderful adventurous people that come out to join us, even on the coldest, gloomy nights, buying the tickets that fund the projects and supporting  your community * Those that brought food to share, bought or baked * And of course the brave and passionate people that stand up in front of you all and pitch for their projects – the very heart of what we do. Thank you all sooooooo much!

Speaking of projects, if you were at our warm and festive Christmas soup @ Community Base on the 8th December, you would have seen Caitlin win the vote for the Survivors Network, who needed funds to make their much used counselling rooms welcoming and suitable for helping the many adults and children that have to use them at very difficult times. They were awarded £384 from your tickets and a generous £500 donation from Dave Steell at One Church Brighton.

One of the joys of our events is how people in the room come together to help the projects, and this event was no exception. A gentleman from ZeroDayLab Ltd spoke to Caitlin and donated another £500! It’s great result such a fantastic project and we know the money will be put to good use, but we would like to mention the other three equally compelling projects that pitched on that night.

We know that several other guests offered the other pitchers support that night, but we know they are still short of their targets. So we’d like to list mention them here in case some of you – or someone you know – can help them.

St Luke’s Advice Centre – Katie Love

St Luke’s free service provides help and support to people on debt and welfare benefits issues. Their volunteer advisers go out and meet clients to help them, but this involves lone working and one volunteer is registered blind. So they desperately need a smartphone because it’s accessibility features, email and maps will enable them to see more clients in accessible locations, have more regular contact and in a safer manner. They already see over 300 clients per year and expect that number to grow.

If you can help please contact them on 01227 557 772 or email info@stlukesonline.co.uk.

The Washing Up – Kate McCoy & Nou Ra

The Washing Up is a performance about an everyday activity that everyone can relate too. It is being created by artists and participants in addiction recovery and will include songs, storytelling,  and finding  out who does  most of The Washing Up in Brighton! We want to create something funny and thought provoking and we have been programmed to perform at Your Place, part of Brighton Festival in 2018. Creativity is such an important part of addiction recovery and we want to give opportunities for people to participate, learn and grow. We are looking for support so we can reduce the barriers to participation by providing refreshments, helping with travel costs and finding accessible venues to rehearse in.

If you can help please call Kate McCoy on 07786 068 462 or email madamemccoy@hotmail.com

Kennedy Street CIC – Clare Kennedy

Kennedy Street help to build resilience, wellbeing and employability skills of people in Recovery. Their Community Connections program helps by developing social enterprise opportunities that offer supportive, nurturing, employment & self employment opportunities.They’re looking for funds to help them continue the great work they’re doing.

If you can help please call 07775 737 314 or email kennedystreetcic@gmail.com.

Three great projects still looking for help and support. Pass it on!

As for us, we’ll be announcing our first 2018 event shortly, but in the meantime you can see full details on our Xmas event and check out our facebook album – tag yourself :).

Hope you’re having a cracking start to 2018.

Love & New Year Hugs.

Team Soup