Soup success for Mini Meditators at landmark crowdfunding dinner

Dave Jones with the Mini Meditators team and Peter Holden from Tameside Rotary

AN initiative helping children and young people with additional needs and disabilities is the latest recipient of funds generated by community crowdfunding dinner, Mossley Soup.

Mini Meditators AN, based at The Soul Sanctuary, successfully pitched their project to about 170 diners at the event held at Emmaus Mossley.

Their efforts were rewarded with £1,346, taking the amount raised from the 10 Soup events staged since its launch in March 2017 to more than £10,000.

As always, diners donated £5 each in return for soup, entertainment, presentations from four local projects and a vote for their favourite.

Through meditation and social interaction, Mini Mediators aims to give children coping strategies for daily life.

Lindsey Tweed from the group, said: “Winning Mossley SOUP was fantastic.

“It was really nice to see how many people support us. We can now start new classes, to help more families, while also providing more sensory equipment to enhance our sessions.”

The three other projects appealing for support were Knitting and Crochet Lessons, Incredible Plastic Street Band: Let’s Play and Secure Our Spaces in Mossley.

Project presenters had four minutes each to share their idea followed by four questions from the audience.

In addition to the presentations, diners enjoyed live music and spoken word from Monologue John Bartley.

As well as entrance donations and £150 donated by event sponsors Tameside Rotary, the winner’s pot included funds raised from a raffle with prizes donated by Body & Mind Therapy Centre, Doodle Pots, Donkeystone Brewery, The Gillery, Grail Distillery and The Railway Fish & Chips.

Four freshly made soups were prepared by local volunteers: Gordon Collinge, Lesley Arnold and Rory Callaghan from The Allotment Cafe.

Soup ingredients and bread was donated by A Taylor & Son Family Butchers, JW Buckley’s Bakery and greengrocers R Noone & Son.

Project ideas are being sought from individuals, artists, community groups, charities and businesses for the next SOUP scheduled for June 2020.

For more information, to submit a proposal and for details of future Mossley SOUP events, head to

Projects to miss out were:
Knitting and Crochet Lessons
Sandra is creating a workshop space in the cellar of her haberdashery shop in Stalybridge where she will be hosting knitting and crochet lessons.

She appealed for funds to help transform the space and in return give free lessons to people of Mossley.

Incredible Plastic Street Band: Let’s Play!
IPSB are looking for hold a summer holiday project for young people to create, compose and design their own musical programme.

The group sought support for the project that will involve brass, percussion, crafts and carnival and will welcome children aged three-12 years and those with special needs.

Secure Our Spaces in Mossley
After a recent break in at The Vale Mill (Community Carnival Arts Centre), the group needs to improve security for the children, volunteers and workers who use and love the space.

The team wants to make the outdoor space and surrounding area of The Vale welcoming and security is essential in making this happen.

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