Speaking of which, we had a lovely catch up with the Home-Start Sutton team.  Judith told us about how they spent the money they won last time, we got to meet some parents who had used the service and then became volunteers, and we heard back from Andrea, who had moved the audience to tears at Soup 15 back in October.

Hello Soup Dragons 

What a remarkable evening Sutton Soup 16 was!  We raised £1502.50, jointly through the money taken on the door and the generosity of our sponsors, who were:  Condell Ltd, Ace Accountancy Services and Predator Pest Solutions.

Here’s a reminder of who pitched:

  • Age UK Sutton – is an independent local charity, working throughout the whole borough of Sutton to support older people, their families and carers.  They are constantly fundraising to enable them to continue to provide vital services that enable people to make the most of their later life.  Michelle pitched for money to help fund their befriending service. 
  • Carshalton Netball Club – this community sports club provides fun netball training for women, which is great in itself, but they have also taken on a mission to make Carshalton Park better for the whole community.  They want to raise £15,000 to fund the building of a new free to use, community netball court and a mixed use football and basketball court there.  Mairead and Julie told us about it.  If you click on the link above, you can donate to the fund.
  • Maggie’s at the Marsden – this is a new centre, just built last year to provide patients at the Royal Marsden with a sanctuary, away from the clinical environment of the hospital.  They aim to offer practical and emotional support to those dealing with the shock of a cancer diagnosis.  Lydia, the centre’s Fundraising Manager, pitched and we also heard some moving testimony from James, who has been a service user at the centre.
  • Get On Downs – assist and support families in Sutton in coming to terms with a Down’s Syndrome diagnosis for their baby.  They also run a weekly support group for these families and their young children.  Lu pitched, saying they wanted to fund some ‘Congratulations Packs’ to give to new parents of Downs Syndrome babies at St Helier and Epsom hospitals.

They were all excellent pitches, but the winners of the amazing £1502.50 were Lu and Get On Downs.  Huge congratulations to them,

and we look forward to catching up at the next Soup.

Pam from Playwise CIC also popped along to let us know that although she didn’t win at the last Soup, two audience members had actually privately paid for the ‘My Gaze’ eye tracker that she had pitched for, and we got to meet one of them, Michael, who spoke about how much it meant to him to be able to help.  This was amazing to hear and we couldn’t be happier for Pam and everyone at Playwise. 

A true testament to the power of Soup!

Finally, thank you so much to Sainsbury’s Sutton store for providing all the ingredients for the soup and bread we enjoyed,

and to the team at Shinner & Sudtone for cooking the soup.  It was delicious!

Massive thanks to everyone who came along to help us raise all that money!  See you at Soup 17 on 23rd April.


Sutton Soup 6 - 6th July 2017
SUTTON SOUP 16 - 30th January 2020


Sutton Soup 3 - 6th October 2016
​​​Sutton Soup 11 - 11th October 2018