Record payout at first Soup pitch contest at The Crucible in Sheffield
A record-breaking pot up was up for grabsÂ at this week's Sheffield SoupÂ business pitching contest, held for the first time atÂ The Crucible.
Four finalists, from among the 16 initial applicants, presentedÂ theirÂ socially-minded projectsÂ to the 163 members of the audience who had paid a minimum donation ofÂ Â Â£5 to attend the event and act as judges.Â Â
The winnerÂ Clare Rishbeth ofÂ Cycling Without AgeÂ went home with the door takings, whichÂ on the night were Â£936.
This was boosted by further donations to take the winnersÂ pot to Â£1,006 and an anonymous donor then pledged an extra 50 per cent of this total as a prize for the runner-up, Gina Walters of the Neighbourhood Voices choir.
Founder Pennie Raven said the new location gave them a huge publicity boost and took the event to a whole new level. "I couldn't believe it when I saw the queue stretching out through the door - especially as we only had 73 people registered the day before," she said.
Winner ClareÂ wantsÂ to buy a number ofÂ three-wheel rickshaws to give care home residents a ride around nearby parks.
The aim is to provide a time of '˜social connection, contact with nature, the stimulation of being out and about, and an experience to talk about for the rest of the week'.Â Â
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Each bike costsÂ Â£8,000 and the prize money plus the backingÂ of people at the eventÂ Â will help them secure further funding.
Neighbourhood Voices organiser Gina Walters will use the moneyÂ to produce an EP record at a Sheffield recording studio of the choir's members and film and photograph the session.
She said: 'Documenting what these women have achieved with me over the past year will be such a huge step for us as a choir while giving members an exciting musical experience and somethingÂ they can be incredibly proud to share with friends and family.'
Set up in 2015, Sheffield Soup has now been held 14Â times. It willÂ be stagedÂ in the Crucible four times a year, plus three social events.Â The entry fee includesÂ aÂ vote,Â free raffle andÂ homemade soup.
The next event is on Thursday,Â Â November 29. More details atÂ http://bit.ly/SS15AttendÂ and applications to apply for funding are now open atÂ http://bit.ly/A2PSS15