Our third BrightonSoup event, this time in the heart of Brighton.
Everyone that organised, volunteered, cooked, entertained, provided prizes, decorations, pitched, won and basically helped make it all happen is listed below:
Ruth Mason from RISE UK won the vote and £351.80 in ticket money and donations for her RISE Up Singing choir group. The big surprise of the night was that Ahmed El Dessouki, owner of Papa John’s Pizza in Brighton matched the funding raised so that Ruth ended up with a whopping £703.60.
He also matched the £146 we raised for BrightonSoup. And if that wasn’t enough he arranged for 5 very large pizzas to be delivered for us all to enjoy with the soup. So a HUGE thanks to Ahmed and all at Papa John’s Pizza in Brighton.
Thanks to Alison and Olivia for inviting us to Community Base, in the heart of Brighton. It was a fantastic venue and I think everyone really enjoyed it.
The 4 Pitchers: Ruth, Julie, Jez & Maggie
These were the 4 projects that pitched on the night.
Although only one was the winner, they all need support so if you can help please get in touch with them directly or use our contact form.
Thank you to all the projects for being part. It’s the main reason people attend.
And maybe the soup.
1 – RISE UP Singing (Winner)
RISE Provides support to women, families and LGBT people who have experienced domestic abuse and violence. RISE Up Singing is a choir of service users, staff and supporters who are singing together for the first time.
RISE Up Singing gives people back their voice, allowing space for physical and emotional healing. Support from Brighton Soup enables free engagement with the choir.
Presenter: Ruth Mason
2 – Healey Home Farm
Healey Home Farm is a community project based at Stanmer Organics, Stanmer Park. Our project is creating a one acre farming space for people to come together and learn about producing food. Our main business is organic poultry farming, supplying eggs to small local businesses and community organisations who promote healthy eating and wherever possible use locally grown and organic produce.
We now need to make the farm more accessible for our customers and visitors. We will make a noticeboard by the farm gate providing information about the project, along with information points at each chicken and duck run and vegetable bed. This is because our visitors at the annual open day all enjoyed seeing the different breeds of hen, learning about the different coloured eggs that are laid and how to care for the animals.
This will enable us to have visitors and volunteers more frequently and plan for our first open event.
Presenter: Janine Healey
3 – My Life Journalism
Little Green Pig is running workshops to get young people to tell their stories through writing. 6 two hour sessions after school: 14 young people with an emphasis on recruitment from children in care will work with a professional journalist to write their own columns for publication weekly in Latest7 magazine. We will be recruiting through referrals from the Virtual Schools (Children in Care) team. Each workshop will be run by 2 workshop leaders, supported by 8-14 volunteers (as appropriate).
All our workshops include a celebratory event to share the project outcome with the community
Presenters: Julie Watson
07500 96 5757
4 – SoulFood
SoulFood is a new venture for Brighton-based Mothers Uncovered (part of Livestock charity). We will create a series workshops that aim to help Brighton based parents engage with food. They will both share their own food memories and experiences and experiment with new foods and cooking. These are not just classes in healthy eating/living because there are an abundance of these.
We want participants to feel empowered by their food choices, to expand their knowledge of the food resources available within the city and to feel confident in sharing their food skills and ideas within their communities. The money would go towards the cost of food for the workshops next year – that way we can offer the sessions at a very low rate of £3 per session (which includes resource materials & a meal). It also means that we can offer the session for free for any disabled participants.
Presenters: Maggie Gordon-Walker & Ingrid Wakeling
Soup & Food
These souper-stars provided 4 delicious soups, free of charge, to all of our guests (3 vegan and all gluten free). Tom, Ash & Shona couldn’t join us, but they still provided tasty soups for the evening. Lizzie again brought along her Clam Chowder soup and spent the evening working the kitchen with Peter and Judy. We also had previous attendee, Zorah Levy, returning, this time with a spicy Thai soup.
Tom Chadd @ The Soup Dept
Pumpkin & Swede Soup
Ash (Chef) & Shona Sharma @ The Cactus Cafe
Cuban Bean Soup
Thai Sweet Potato & Butternut Squash Soup
A huge thanks to all the people that brought food.
Special mentions go to Papa John’s for the 5 very large tasty pizzas.
And Dougal & Ceri who brought along a big pot of Curried Carrot Soup to share 🙂
The musical entertainment this time was provided by Tom Mills and Jim Cannings from Carnivalé.
They gave us an acoustic set of original material with some lively Beatles tracks thrown in.
Thank you so much guys!
Donations & Raffle Prizes
These are local (and some national) businesses that supported us with donations and some amazing raffle prizes.
Community Organisers, Dot, Sam and Valentina for once again giving their time to help our presenters with “pitch” training. We think it paid off.
Olivia for arriving early to help us set-up. Judy for helping us set-up and then spending the whole evening helping Peter out in the kitchen
And finally a grateful thanks to all those lovely people that pitched in at the end to help us clear up: Deborah, Alison & their girls, Harry, Lizzie and anyone one else who we accidentally neglect to mention.
Will, Lizzie, Peter, Michael, Angel, Karin, Nikki, Judy & Lynne.
Thanks for making it a great night.
See the photos.