'Souper' funding delight for new community project

'Souper' funding delight for new community project

A COMMUNITY project looking to launch a new group to help siblings of children with disabilities will benefit from over £500.

Siblings Matter won over the ‘Dragons Den’-style judging panel at last week’s Dewsbury Soup event.

Linda Holmes, pictured, of Sensory World in Dewsbury, pitched to over 70 people who attended on the night.

Since its inception in May 2018, Dewsbury Soup – which was introduced to help local community projects get off the ground – has held four successful events and Thursday’s raised a record £538 for the winner.

The money comes from donations on the door, which includes a bowl of soup and a voting card for all participants, plus drink sales and raffle tickets.

The four pitchers at Shackletons furniture shop in Batley last week were STAN, a group which provides somewhere for older people to go and wants to start a second group to show films; Batley Outreach Kitchen, which needs to rebuild their kitchen; Dewsbury Street Angels, the first street angels group to provide support during the day; and the eventual winners Siblings Matter, which wants to start a group for the siblings of children with disabilities.

Gordon Newton, who pitched for STAN, said: “There were some very good groups and causes pitching. It would be fabulous if everyone could win. Even though we didn’t win the vote, we have gained a lot simply by pitching.

“A couple of people said they might have a projector that we can have or borrow. We might achieve what we wanted without winning.”

There were also a record number of ‘bribe slots’ – a 60-second chance to promote something to the audience. Natural Kirklees told attendees about its event at Mirfield Showground on June 8-9; the Red Box Project explained its work in providing sanitary products to schools; Switalski’s solicitors raised awareness of their services and and Purpose of Life promoted its feed the homeless and needy events during Ramadan.

There will be more ‘Soup’ events coming up, where the only rule is that pitches benefit the North Kirklees area.

More information can be found at www.dewsburysoup.org.uk.

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