'Soup-er' turn out for first crowd funding event in Ely

PUBLISHED: 14:33 03 April 2016

Ely A Soup. Left: Zee Jacob (Ely Soup volunteer), Sue Marchant (Ely Ukulele Club), Caline Easey (Ely Library), Tara Bungard (Ely Milks), Cathy Wright (Ely Foodbank) and Zoe Davidson (Ely Soup organiser).

Ely A Soup. Left: Zee Jacob (Ely Soup volunteer), Sue Marchant (Ely Ukulele Club), Caline Easey (Ely Library), Tara Bungard (Ely Milks), Cathy Wright (Ely Foodbank) and Zoe Davidson (Ely Soup organiser).

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The evening, held at the Babylon Gallery, was branded a 'soup-er' success by organisers.

Ely Soup. Winner Tara Bungard from Ely Milks, with Ely Soup organiser, Zoe Davidson.Ely Soup. Winner Tara Bungard from Ely Milks, with Ely Soup organiser, Zoe Davidson.

There were four project who pitched at the crowd-funding evening: Ely Foodbank who wanted money for food; Ely library wanted funding for its children’s Lego group; Ely Milks wanted money to continue the group and Ely Ukele Club who want to start a group in the city.

Ely Milks - a local breast-feeding group - was chosen to receive £180 worth of funding.

Organiser, Zoe Davidson, said: “Ely Soup launched with a bang. The audience had a tough decision; each pitch they heard truly benefited the community of Ely, and were all worthy winners.

“Ely Soup is not just about funding, it is about building connections and empowering people in our community, and we very much look forward to running more Ely Soup’s in the future.

“The grand total raised on the night was a whopping £180, which was deservedly won by Ely Milks, a local company who provide a free weekly breastfeeding drop-in support group.

“They offer support to mums with breastfeeding problems, as well as a friendly place to come and meet other breast feeding mums and feel supported in their feeding choices. They are completely self-funding and receive no regular donations.”

Tara Bungard, from Ely Milks, said: “We are thrilled to have won, and the money will be put to very good use keeping our group running and benefiting our local mums.”

The soup was provided by brand new Cambridge-based company, Woup Soup, and the bread rolls were donated by Boswell & Son in Ely.

Zoë Loughlin from Woup Soup said: “It has been great to talk to people who are interested in helping fight food waste. We’d like to thank the guests at Ely Soup for being our guinea pigs for our up-coming Cambridge based soup company.”

Join the next Ely Soup on Saturday July 9 at Syhlet Indian Restaurant, Market Street, from 12.15pm. Head over to the website to submit a proposal if you wish to pitch: www.elysoup.com

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