The first ever Bridport Soup live crowdfunder attracted an amazing 75 enthusiastic diners and was won by Community Youth Project (CYP). They walked away with £650 to boost their campaign to raise awareness of the Trick Factory’s need to relocate and their search for a new site. They recently held their own fundraiser on the Arts Centre forecourt and raised a further £380. Joe Hewetsen from CYP had this to say: “The real victory was creating a feeling of optimism and it is what we do with this momentum now that will be important as one event won’t bring back the Trick Factory.” At the Soup, CYP linked up with fellow pitchers Kitchen Collective who kept skaters nourished and hydrated throughout the day. To support CYP, find out more here.

Another group of pitchers at the Soup were Team Calais, Bridport’s Refugee Solidarity group. They went on to host their own fundraising dinner, serving a typical Jungle meal to 70 diners who came along to hear Sushila Dhall from Refugee Resource speak about the plight of refugees and asylum seekers in the UK today. They raised a whopping £915 which will directly support destitute people in crisis this winter.

Both the Soup and Team Calais’ meals were generously sponsored by local businesses donating ingredients and we would like to thank Fruits of the Earth, Bridgets Market, Nina’s, Ourganics, Leakers Bakery, the Co-op and Morrisons for supporting these amazing community events.

If you’d like to get involved in the next Soup planned for 19th January, get in touch with