For our 20th Brighton Soup event we’re back at Communty Base – our 5th Winter soup here!
We’re not superstitious, but Friday 13th did prove to be a tricky one for us. We had people unwell and injured, which meant that pitchers and the musical entertainer had to drop out. In the end we had to go ahead with two pitchers, but it gave them more time to pitch and answer questions.
More than ever we needed help, and we were lucky to get that from many people. We list here everyone that organised, volunteered, cooked, entertained, provided prizes, decorations, pitched, won and basically helped make it all happen.
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Thanks to Olivia & Alison for their help.
The Projects & Pitchers
A huge thanks to all the pitchers taking part on the night, we couldn’t do it without you!
Durgha Ramji pitched and won £376.10 in donations for the Mindful Worriors project, which aims to celebrate Children’s Mental Health Week in February 2020 by offering yoga and mindfulness sessions to children in schools.
As always, these 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 – Rebel Boob
Rebel Boob, is a performance which explores how a woman gets back on her feet following a breast cancer diagnosis. This ground -breaking play is not about chemotherapy, or about death – though they both may be mentioned a little! This is about life, and it is about re-evaluating who you are, and what is important to you. It focuses on the period after active treatment when you start picking up the pieces and dealing with your grief.
The performance is based on interviews with women affected by breast cancer as a starting point, along with pioneering video-mapping technology and choreography, to create an immersive performance along themes of identity, body image, priorities, grief and relationships.
Rebel Boob is also important for the friends and family of a loved one who has been diagnosed with breast cancer… they too need support and we know that understanding more about the experience of a person, will mean that there will be more awareness and support available for them.
2 – Mindful Warriors – Winner
We have worked with 20 schools across Brighton, Leicester and Birmingham reaching more than 700 young people within two years of starting our project. Since launching our project in Brighton we have worked with 4 schools reaching 120 students and hope to continue increasing the impact of our work in Brighton.
Mindful Warriors believes all children will benefit from practicing Yoga and mindfulness. For a flexible mind and body our 1 hour sessions are fun and rewarding. They consist of physical postures, breathing exercises and mindfulness techniques suitable for beginners. Our programmes support students develop tools to remain calm ahead of exams, reduce stress and anxiety and improve physical and mental wellbeing. We also work with schools to use yoga as an experiential tool to manage behaviour in the classroom.
We would like to support schools in Brighton celebrate Children’s Mental Health Week 3rd – 9th February 2020 by offering yoga and mindfulness sessions.
Music – Deiphos Jay
When our sheduled entertainer cancelled with only hours to go, we turned to previous winner Chris De Bank from We Are Not Saints for help. In no time at all one of his artists, Deiphos Jay, was heading over to entertain us.
Deiphos got a warm welcome from our soupers, and a great response to his original songs about everyday life. He was also full of praised for We Are Not Saints and how they helped him and supported hi,. He was there the night they won the vote and said it was an honour to return and play for us.
What a star, thanks Deiphos!
You can listen to his EP on spotify
Soup and Food
These souper stars provided a delicious menu of 5 tasty soups to all of our guests – vegetarian, vegan, gluten free – something for everyone.
A big thanks to Jim Gray for once again baking some delicious freshly made bread!
And to everyone else that brought food to share.
Don’t forget to check out The Soup Dept.
Decorations, Donations & Raffle Prizes
Thanks to these local people and businesses we raised £200 for BrightonSoup – thank you very much!
Anne & Ellie B for Italian Lessons, Hamper & Coffee
Tom Bauer @ Boulder Brighton
Victoria @ Brighton & Hove Buses
Emma @ Brighton Laughter Club
All @ Brighton Lindyhoppers
Nikki @ Brighton Royal Pavillion
Emily @ Komedia / Duke of York’s
Hugo @ Headmasters Brighton
Kieron @ Infinity Foods
Julian @ Intenso Cafe
Ben @ LaserZone
Lou @ Morrisons Brighton
Faye @ Phase Photography
Tracey @ Tesco Portslade
This money helps us cover the cost of hosting our events so that all the ticket income and donations can go to the winner.
A big thanks to:
- Olivia Canham, Victoria Garcia and Richard Piggot for helping to choose the 4 projects to pitch at this event. Bonus points for Olivia for helping wash up at the event too!
- Lizzie Batten for spending the evening serving people.
- Freya and Shelley for coming early to help setup – and staying late to clear up!
- Alan, Steph and Jon for tremendous help carrying heaving things around.
- Alex Keene for taking photo – and also staying late to help carry heavy things.
- Everyone elso who helped, especially putting tables and chairs away!
Forgive us if we missed anyone out, we usually do. Just let us know so we can update the page.
Check out the event photos here.
Team SoupA very big, souper thank you to our funders.