October 15 2014

Hoorah for Souper November!

The Pig Guide is delighted to hear that 2014 MasterChef winner Ping Coombes is fronting Souper November, a unique, month long fund raising initiative for the Genesis Trust that aims to get people across Bath making soup and sharing it with friends to raise invaluable funds for the charity.

Ensuring homeless and vulnerable people have access to food, training and emotional support is at the heart of what Genesis does in its nine projects in the city. With winter ahead and the numbers of rough sleepers in the city on the increase, the charity needs more money to cope with the rise in demand for its services.

The inspiration for our Souper November appeal comes from our longest running project”, says Paul Solly, Director of Genesis Trust. “The Genesis Soup Run began 24 years ago when a Bath resident spotted some young men rifling through a bin in a car park looking for food. To ensure they didn’t go hungry, she turned up to the car park the next night with soup and sandwiches, then she involved her friends in it – and from that, the concept developed into what is now our Soup Run, which operates 365 nights a year run by volunteer teams from twelve Bath churches in the car park next to the Hilton Hotel”. Paul is delighted that Ping has decided to get involved with the charity given that she’ s in so much demand since winning MasterChef earlier this year. She recently joined Genesis volunteers to make her own special ABC Chicken Soup for the evening soup run, using ingredients entirely donated by local businesses Larkhall Butchers, Hartley Farm Shop and the Thoughtful Bread company. Serving out the soup as darkness fell in the city centre car park, Ping was able to see at first hand how the service operates. “It ‘s humbling to see so many people in Bath have so little and that the soup run is their source of both food and some company”, says Ping. “Soup is wholesome, full of goodness and warms the soul. Please join me to support this campaign by holding a soup event with your family, friends and colleagues – the money you raise will be used to support the homeless and the vulnerable in Bath”.

Meanwhile, Bath’s leading chefs, local cafes and farm shops are also backing the campaign. Award winning chefs Sam Moody of the Bath Priory, Chris Staines of Allium Brasserie and Chris Cleghorn of the Olive Tree are among those who’ve donated their favourite soup recipes, alongside Noya Pawlyn (Noya’s Kitchen), Rachel Demuth (Demuths Vegetarian Cookery School) and Kamil Oseka of the Pig Hotel at Hunstrete, while cafes and pubs including the Chapel Arts Cafe, The Bear Hotel, the Bear Pad cafe, Hartley Farm Shop and Cafe and Newton Farm Foods are also offering their full support. Good work, all!

For all the information you need about how to make November souper, clickety-click double-quick and join the fun.

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