Thank you to everyone who came along to the Royal Square to buy soup and who helped make this year's Soup Kitchen such a success. Over £11,650 was raised on the day and these much needed funds will go towards Christmas celebrations and gifts for the residents across all of our four sites. As always we are enormously grateful to our loyal volunteers and to the many sponsors who continue to support us year after year.
HISTORY OF THE SOUP KITCHEN
The seeds for the Soup Kitchen came about when John Hodge was interviewed on BBC Radio Jersey and asked for fund raising ideas. Michelle Cuthbert came forward with the idea of setting up a winter soup kitchen in the Royal Square and volunteered to organise it. That was some 15 years ago.
The first year was a very small affair, with half a dozen or so soups from the very top hotels and restaurants in the Islands who had all generously and eagerly come on board. There was a small table with two or three gas burners to heat the soup and an area for buttering bread. That was it! There was much anxiety amongst the small band of friends who had volunteered to help. Would anyone turn up in the Royal Square to have lunch of soup and bread and make a suitable donation?
Well they did, the soup was soon sold out and £1,300 was donated! The suggested donation at that time was £1, although many gave considerably more. The organisers had originally thought that if they made £200 it would have been worth it.
From little acorns….. as they say. The event has grown from strength to strength, year on year. Each one bigger and more elaborate than the previous one - more soups, a marquee, chefs from hotels and restaurants, musicians and carol singers from a variety of schools, live radio coverage and a huge band of loyal, valued and extremely hard working volunteers. There is also a core of generous sponsors and suppliers without whom the event simply would not be able to exist.
Pics: some of the many helpers who make the event possible every year
Photos from earlier Soup Kitchens
Some of the Shelter Staff enjoy some soup
Pics below: friends and members of the public enjoy the soup
Queues keep the volunteers busy
Crowds enjoy the music, the atmosphere and the soup
If you would like to help us with the Soup Kitchen please email us on email@example.com
The Shelter Trust would like to thank jerseyevents.com for the pictures.