Manchester Soup Event - 1 December


 A little soup can make a big difference!


The Soup Movement continues its rise across the UK, making a difference in nearly every town in the country

So what’s so special about Soup?

Soup is a grass roots initiative which brings communities together to do good for a local charity or project. The request for donations and the innovate campaigns we see played out on social media for some of the more established charities can often detract from smaller projects and local charities who provide a key service in their community.

Rachel Kelly, co-founder of Manchester Soup, said:

"Soup is a great way to learn more about these local charities, who aim to make a difference but with limited resources. Having the opportunity to meet communities in an informal setting and bringing together people from all walks of life who have the common goal of making a difference!”

The format of the evening taps in to that of popular reality competitions.  Three to four charities or projects have five minutes to deliver a pitch, giving the community a flavour of what their charity does, the difference it makes and how the funds will help improve their service.  Everyone then anonymously votes for their preferred charity with the winner taking the micro fund raised that evening from donations from the door entry - a minimum of £5 donation per person.

Manchester Soup was set up in November 2015 and has held three successful events to date and raised just under £1,000 for local charities; Performance For All, Lifeshare, Noah’s A.R.K and Story Book Look.

Kelly Lowry, a regular at Manchester Soup confirmed:

“It’s not like charity events I have been to before, there are so many charities I didn’t know were on my door step and making such a difference to different parts of our community. Their passion and commitment is inspiring!  You want each charity to win the micro fund, but they don’t leave empty handed, some of the charities have left with additional support, volunteers and increased awareness”

Soups are reliant on local venues to host the events and provide the hospitality on the evening. The fourth Manchester Soup is taking place on 1 December at MacDonald Hotel Manchester, this will be the second Manchester Soup they have hosted.

James Turner, Operations Manager at the MacDonald Hotel, Manchester said:

"At Macdonald Hotel Manchester we take our social responsibility seriously and are delighted to be supporting and hosting the Manchester Soup event on December 1st. By engaging with and supporting the community in which we operate, we hope to be able to show our commitment to being a part of our community's wellbeing through this initiative."

The hotel is really getting in to the spirit of ‘Soup’ and to tantalise tastebuds on the evening they are laying on three soups. Three chefs from local Macdonald hotels will create a soup but only one will be crowned winner, voted by those attending the event.

Manchester Soup recently enlisted Bennett Brooks as their first event sponsor for the December event and we are donating £250 to the winning pitch.

Our Audit Director Jason Leach, said :

“At Bennett Brooks we are passionate about supporting our communities and we are delighted to sponsor the Manchester Soup event on 1 December at the MacDonald Hotel. It’s a great concept that works well, bringing together like-minded people with a similar social compass for the good of the community and local charities. We look forward to tasting the soup and giving the winning bid a really big helping hand."


As the countdown to Christmas begins, at the event they will also be selling wrapping paper and cards for local hospice St. Ann’s.  Branded cupcakes and a raffle will also take place on the night to raise extra funds for the microfilms pot. And don’t be surprised if you are greeted with carols!

So what are you waiting for, when thinking charity and how you can make a difference, think Soup and join the Manchester team on 1 December from 17:30.

Reserve your place now:


It was a great evening at the

It was a great evening at the Manchester MacDonald Hotel with three hart-warming pitches. Over 40 people listened to the pitches describing what they’ve been doing, why they need the money, where they see the project in 6 months time and the value of the on door contribution to them.

Didsbury's Hearing Voices was voted as the best pitch on the night as they sought the funding to make a difference to the mental health of people who hear voices in the Didsbury area through their support group meetings.

Three great soups were also judged by those attending following a challenge set by the Manchester MacDonald Hotel in the spirit of Manchester Soup for three of their aspiring young chefs. Excellent Cup Cakes were sold during the evening and a raffle for a stay for two at the hotel, with all funds going to the winning pitch. In the region of £500 was raised and was gratefully received by Hearing Voices.

A great event and well worth keeping an eye out for the next Manchester Soup !