A COMMUNITY garden has benefited from social funding to the tune of £570 at the launch of Cheshire’s first Soup on the Go event.

Residents attended the event at Hartford Cricket pavilion.

In return for a donation on the door, they received a bowl of soup kindly donated by a local restaurant, Chime in Hartford, and got to listen to three ‘pitches’ by three local community causes and projects.

The eventual winner, Greenbank Community Hub, took away all the door takings, the money raised through sale of donated tea, coffee and cakes and sponsorship money which was generously donated by Redrow Housing.

“It wasn’t just that we had a single winner though”, said Catherine Sandland, one of the three women who have brought Soup on the Go to Cheshire.

“Everyone who attended got to hear about three worthwhile social projects going on in their area and each of those projects were able to raise their profile a little more.”

Sam Newey, co-organiser of the event, said: “In fact there was an amazing amount of networking and support going on throughout the event.

“People volunteered, offered useful connections and even gave cash – to all the three pitchers, not just the winner.”

Kirsty James, co-organiser of the event said: “It just goes to show what positive things can happen when you bring members of a community together.”

When asked, all the three projects that pitched agreed that while it had been a little nerve-wracking to pitch at first, the atmosphere had been warm and supportive with the audience keen to listen and extremely supportive - and it had certainly been worth it.

Soup on the Go will be back again in Cheshire soon and will always be looking out for small social projects to pitch, such as PTAs, community projects and community groups.

If you are part of or run one of these groups, or know a group which would benefit from small-scale funding, get in touch via the Facebook page facebook.com/SoupOnTheGo or by contacting Catherine Sandland on catherine@catherinesandland.com