Around 60 people enjoyed the first Buckfastleigh SOUP community fundraising event on last Friday. Held at the Town Hall, local community-benefiting projects bid for funding donated by the community, a local benefactor, and the two local Cllrs Nutley and Dennis.
This was the second SOUP event organised by Teignbridge CVS in the district and was well supported by the Town Council and particularly the mayor. Local people turned out to support their favourite projects, which included an Astronomy project, a Defibrillator, the Christmas Fair Skating Rink, the local Sports & Dogwalkers Club and two young people’s groups.
After the the groups had pitched their projects there was plenty of delicious SOUP to enjoy (prepared by fabulous CVS volunteer Andrew MacGregor) along with wonderful loaves of freshly baked bread kindly donated by the local Moorbakes bakery. Votes were cast and the most popular projects were the Community Defibrillator scheme, Take Centre Stage Performing Arts Group and Buckfastleigh Wild Warriors, who were all awarded a share of the £700 taken.
The other groups pitching also benefited, as the event was an excellent opportunity to network, promote their ideas and ask for volunteers as well as getting information about other funding sources.
SOUP community fundraising events initially started accross the pond in the US in 2010 and are now run all over the UK. They are a relaxed, informal way to find out about, support and fund local community projects particularly suitable for small or innovative projects.
If you are interested in running or having a SOUP event in your community please get in touch!
Contact: Anja at Teignbridge CVS: email@example.com