Weʼre raising £5,000 to help give Bedford's homeless a hand up this Christmas. Add to the SoupFest18 pot by donating online here.
- Bedford, UK
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Selling Hot Soup in the Harpur Square to raise funds for Bedford’s homeless.
It all started in 2017 when local entrepreneur and well-known businesswoman Emma Garrett brought SoupFest to Bedford.
The initiative was inspired by a similar event in Jersey and Emma was convinced that Bedford would get behind her ambitious plan to set it up on the mainland:
“The joy of SoupFest is that anyone and everyone can be involved in the run-up and on the day, but even if people only have an hour to spare, that will make a difference. They simply need to turn up and pop £3 in the pot as a donation in exchange for soup, bread and some live musical entertainment.”
The first ever Bedford SoupFest raised over £4,500 and brought the community together for a common goal - to give the rough sleepers in the town a hand up.
This year, SoupFest takes place in Bedford’s Harpur Square on Tuesday November 27th between 11.30am and 6.00pm. The event will be officially opened by the Gurch Randhawa, DL and The High Sheriff of Bedfordshire, Julian Polhill.
But why the Just Giving Page? Chief Souperintendent Emma Garrett explains:
"In 2017, a friend of mine said she would be working on the day of SoupFest itself but would really like to donate. So we set up a Just Giving page and raised over £1,500 online. We have done the same for 2018 and urge people to donate as little as £3 (the equivalent of the soup and bread we will be selling on the day) in order to help our fundraising efforts"
All the money taken on the day is put into a stand alone fund administered by the Bedford Homeless Partnership. Any organisations working for the homeless in the town can apply for funding of up to £250 for specific projects.
GRANTS ARE NOW AVAILABLE - do you work within the homeless sector in Bedford? Did you know SoupFest Bedford grants of up to £250 are available for purchases & projects.
Head to the Bedford Homeless Partnership website for application details & form - and please spread the word!
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Dec 5, 2018
It's great to see the Bedford community supporting initiatives like this - keep up the good work. I hope to be able to attend next year!
Dec 4, 2018
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Dec 3, 2018
Donation made by ARK CLS Limited (a Bedford company) to thank Eunice and Anthony Benn (residents of Bedford) for providing the food to ARK CLS for a company lunch.
Dec 2, 2018
Great initiative .. so much to be done around this heartbreaking social problem .
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SoupFest Beds is a festival of soup celebrating Bedfordshire’s talented chefs & raising money for the homeless at the same time. The one day event, which first took place in Bedford in '17, brings together the entire community for a common cause; ending homelessness in our town.