Hello Soup Dragons
We are very pleased to tell you that Soup 11, held last week, was yet another record breaker. We raised an amazing £1150!
This was made possible due to two things: our highest ever attendance (the church was packed!) and the fact that we were able to start the pot off with £300, thanks to our sponsors. In fact, because of the wonderful opportunity we had to raise money back in September at the Cheam Celebration of Food and Drink (http://cheamcelebration.co.uk), all our pots for the next year will start with at least £200.
Our other generous sponsors for the evening were Sutton Orthodontic Centre, Abbey Mills Studios (thanks Simon for being our photographer for the evening!), Cheam Financial Planning, Sainsbury’s and local pub Shinner & Sudtone, who provided the soup for us. It was a very tasty Carrot, Coriander and Orange creation.
So…who took away all that money? Our pitchers at Soup 11 were:
The Diamond Centre for Disabled Riders – provides therapeutic riding and carriage driving for children and adults with disabilities, which benefits their health and wellbeing. Mike pitched for funds to help them to continue to run this unique facility: http://www.diamondcentre.org.uk
Project Linus UK – Liz runs the South London branch of this national volunteer organisation. She pitched to help them continue with their work of organising volunteers to craft beautiful homemade patchwork quilts which are then given to sick or traumatised young people, giving them a sense of comfort and security: http://projectlinusuk.org.uk
One Step at a Time – is a small local charity based in Cheam. They provide support to disabled/special needs children, and their families, by holding club days, outings, coffee mornings and more. Jo and Lorraine told us about the vital work that they do: http://www.onestepatatime.me.uk
Ataloss – is a non-profit charity seeking to plug the gaps in bereavement support, particularly focusing on grieving men and young people aged 18-30. Dave told us how they are seeking to make Sutton a bereavement aware town, supporting those who have been affected by the recent increase in teenage suicides in our borough: https://www.ataloss.org
In the end the money went to Liz and Project Linus. Congratulations to her and to all her lovely quilting ladies who will be back in January to give us an update on their activities.
We were joined by Charlotte from Look Good Feel Better, and Penny from the Dreaming Tree, our two previous winners of Soups 9 & 10. It was a real treat to hear how they are getting on and about all the wonderful work they do. Long may it continue!
We are already looking forward to Soup 12, which will be held on 24th January. Could we possibly beat our record again? Who knows, but what we do know is that it will be well worth coming along to find out and to hear from another four pitchers who are doing great things in our community. You can book your ticket here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/sutton-soup-12-tickets-50909704296.
We’ll see you then, but we will be in touch before.
All the best
The Sutton Soup Team