Skatepark success at SOUP #6

What a turnout!

More than 150 diners helped to make the latest Mossley SOUP community crowdfunding dinner the most successful one yet.

On Thursday 4 October, the sixth Mossley SOUP event, sponsored by Harold Stock & Co Solicitors, took place at Emmaus Mossley. The project that secured the most votes on the night, Mossley Skatepark Development, took home £1,216, raised from donations on the door, raffle and event sponsorship.

Louis Robinson, presenter of Mossley Skatepark Development, said:

“Sharing our project at Mossley SOUP was nerve-wracking but, with the support of Lawrie and Paul, I was able to speak from the heart and we got our message across.

“Getting the skatepark improved will benefit BMX, scooter and skate riders of all ages for years to come. I want to say a massive thank you to everyone who took part and supported this SOUP event.”

Diners donated £5 each in return for soup, live music, presentations from four local projects and a vote for their favourite project. Each of the four project presenters had four minutes to share their idea, followed by four questions from the audience.

Louis shared Mossley Skatepark Development with Lawrie Williams and Paul Dowthwaite from Friends of Mossley Park. Other project presenters were Angie Taylor with Mossley Community Centre’s Deep Freeze, Sam Clayton sharing Mossley Lumberjack Challenge and Phil Brooke from Slimmin’ Without Women.

Along with £100 donated by Harold Stock & Co Solicitors, additional funds were raised through a raffle with prizes donated by Alan & Vivs English Fish & Chips, Cabbage, Dinnerstone Uppermill, Friends of Egmont Street, Mossley Home Improvement, Doodle Pots, Restor8 Design Solutions, Station Brew Café and The Allotment Café.

Four freshly made soups were prepared by local volunteers Rory Callaghan and Gary Barton with ingredients and bread donated by A Taylor & Son Family Butchers, local vegetable suppliers Diane and Neil, JW Buckley’s Bakery and Co-op Mossley.

In addition to the four project presentations, Mossley SOUP diners enjoyed live music from Jon Mambo and Mark Coupe, and a guest talk from Symon Randall of Mossley Town Team Stewards, winners of the fourth Mossley SOUP.

Project ideas are being sought from individuals, artists, community groups, charities and new business start-ups for the next Mossley SOUP event in February 2019.