Food and fitness promoters win Soup!

March 29 2018
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THREE groups pitched for support at the third Downend Soup community crowdfunding event.

They were Jump Start Food & Fitness, Headway Bristol  and Help the Homeless Bristol.

Each had five minutes to explain how they would use all donations received on the night to make a difference to local lives, answering some searching questions from the audience. 

After a great set from young musician Giuseppe English, it was time to hear from winners of Downend Soup 2, Staple Hill Community Hub. William Lee helped the audience understand how Soup has helped by donating funds but also raising the profile of their work.

After help from 55th Fishponds Guides to tally up the votes,  the choice of the audience was announced: to award £400 to JumpStart Food and Fitness to help continue their after-school activity for children to gain fitness, teambuilding and healthy eating skills on a local estate.

Businesses and community bakers supported through donations of soup and cake but for the organisers, Ian Browne, Sue Richardson and Helen Buick, the March snow brought a new twist to the event with local bakeries running short of bread.   In stepped Michele Fricker from Crust & Crumbs Bakery, adding to contributions from Mel’s Kitchen, Chatterton’s Café,  Redland Bakery and Hart’s bakery to ensure there was plenty to go round, served by the cheery team from the Downend 41 Club.

Organisers had a new surprise for Downend, with an ambition to create the first ever “Junior Soup” – to encourage children from primary schools to set up their own social enterprise.

 Ian Browne said: “From the outset we have always ensured our younger citizens participate in Soup and get a vote of their own; we’re now looking to take this to a whole new level and get ready to be amazed by the imagination of our young people.  It’s an exciting moment and we think the first in the UK”.

If you’d like your school to take part – contact Ian Browne  downendsoup@gmail.com