Chudleigh Bats Benefit from SOUP
Following the successes of a number of SOUP Community Fundraising events across Teignbridge, Teignbridge CVS and Chudleigh SEARCH organised the first ever Chudleigh SOUP which took place on Saturday 22 February.
There were 45 local people present, and six fabulous pitches were made on the night with community benefitting ideas presented to a room packed full of people.
The event was generously supported by Cllr Jerry Brooks, Cllr. Lorraine Evans, Alexander Clifford as well as Gills Green Grocer, Sangers and the Co-op who supplied local vegetables and lovely fresh rolls. SEARCH members baked cakes and children made table decorations for the hall which was generously given to us by the Town Council for the evening. The winning projects walked away with £ 944 between them.
After eating the tasty soups that were cooked by our fantastic and generous volunteer chef Andrew MacGregor, people voted on their favourite projects and monies were awarded according to the number of votes.
South Devon Bat Care, a relatively new project, won the highest numbers of votes to help build a flight pen for bats on a local field. They received £ 326.50 on the night. “ I am currently operating out off my spare bedroom so this will help towards building a flight pen to release the injured bats back into the wild,” said Kelly Gayler, “ The nearest place able to soft release baby bats is currently in North Devon, so I am really excited to be able to set this up in Chudleigh!”
In second place were Marvelous Mummies, a mother and baby group and Chudleigh CAN, a support group for parents who have children with additional needs and their siblings- two groups offering vital support to local Chudleigh families.
Chudleigh Community Project, who run the swimming pool, the emerging Chudfix Repair Café and Chudleigh Pre-School also received smaller sums of money.
“This was a wonderful evening – it was great to hear about so many initiatives and to see connections being made between individuals and groups”, said Mary Anne McFarlane from SEARCH.
SOUPs are growing in popularity across Devon as a way to connect people, projects and raise fun and funds; please feel free to contact Anja from Teignbridge CVS if you would like help organising such an event in your community firstname.lastname@example.org.
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More information about South Devon Bat Care can be found on their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Wildlife-Sanctuary/South-Devon-Bat-Care-103879901008568/