Reading SOUP’s spring event, held on Wednesday 17 May, saw £185 of funding awarded to Daisy’s Dream, a Berkshire-based child bereavement support group.

Our third SOUP night of 2017 saw three very strong pitches delivered from Daisy’s Dream fundraiser Claire, Maggie for The Mapis Project and Roy on behalf of Reading Pride. Our audience was faced with a tough decision to make and the vote was very tight – one of the closest we’ve seen at Reading SOUP for a while.

But in the end Daisy’s Dream won the final audience vote, and were awarded all the money taken on the door at the evening.

Daisy's Dream at Reading SOUP
Claire, Fundraiser at Daisy’s Dream holds the winning funding from Reading SOUP

After the pitches we enjoyed two delicious soups, as voted for by our community: a chunky sweetcorn chowder and Khudi, a spicy Indian yoghurt soup.

While we chowed down, emerging local musician Ray Wills, serenaded us with his heartfelt and soulful voice, and we enjoyed visual art from Sarah Pritchard, who displayed an arresting video installation.

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Reading Soupers had a tough choice to vote between Daisy’s Dream, Mapis and Reading Pride at our May event

We were also joined by Liz from Berkshire Women’s Aid, funding winners from our March event. Liz gave us an update on the ongoing work of BWA, and we were please to hear that our £210 donation from our last SOUP event help them replace their broken washing machine. As Liz shared, this is something that sounds small, but is crucial to the smooth running of a women’s shelter. We were also delighted to hear that BWA have recently managed to purchase the building their shelter is in, helping to secure their future in Reading even more.

Reading SOUP May event
Our fabulous Reading SOUPers who braved the rain to attend our May event

Despite our spring theme, it ended up being a wet and rainy evening in Reading that Wednesday, so we’d like to say a massive thank you to everyone who braved the weather to attend and support Reading SOUP!

Our next event takes place on Wednesday 19 July at St Laurence Church, Reading. Find out more event details.

We’ll be updating the blog throughout June and July, so keep an eye out for soup recipes, event updates and a spotlight on some of our pitches.

See you in July SOUPers!

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