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#SoupKitchen21: Merry Christmas and a large Thank You!

SoupKitchen21 Merry Christmas and a massive Thank You

Wow. Collectively we’ve raised over £67,000 in 24 days for the Sunderland Neighborhood Soup Kitchen. We need to thanks all from the very backside of our hearts on your help. It means the world to us and the folks down on the Soup Kitchen.

The work that Andrea Bell and her staff of devoted volunteers do at Albert’s Place on Excessive Road, at their foodbank in Hendon, of their meals deliveries, and all the opposite excellent providers they supply to folks in want within the metropolis centre, is made potential by your kindness of and your look after others.

We need to thank them for his or her dedication, their selflessness, and their kindness, and for welcoming the Roker Report staff with open arms. They’ve shared their tales, they’ve given us the boosts and the motivation we’ve wanted to maintain planning, writing, and podcasting this month. Our work is nothing with out their dedication to creating the world a greater place.

We additionally need to thank the nice folks at Sunderland AFC together with Steve Davison, Lee Johnson, Melanie Reay, Oscar Chamberlain, Luke O’Nien, Charlotte Potts, Dan Neil and desk tennis Linda, who’ve given their time to assist the attraction.

We need to thank Julio Arca and Crabbers, Gordon Armstrong, Steve Caldwell, Henry Winter, Martin Smith, Mike McKnight, Jen O’Neil, Rachel Furness, Alex Rae, Joanne Youngson, Nick Barnes, Peter Reid, Andy Dawson, James Hunter, Marco Gabbiadini, Frankie Francis, Fulwell 73, the SAFC fan media lot, and all these I’ve missed or forgotten who helped us to realize the marathon activity of a 24 hour dwell Twitter broadcast earlier within the month.

And thanks to the Roker Reporters and our readers who to this point have logged 1,300km in runs, walks, and cycles for our Strava Problem this December. That is over midway in the direction of our goal of two,380km – the space between all of the League 1 grounds, and we’re maintaining this going till thirty first December to provide everybody the possibility to work off these large Christmas dinners.

Thanks to all who’ve donated meals and cash this Christmas


This marketing campaign comes from that fundamental human response of not strolling by on the opposite facet. Of loving thy neighbour. Of the solidarity encapsulated within the outdated maxim “from every in response to their capability, to every in response to their wants”.

All the cash raised will go on the work that sits on the coronary heart of the Sunderland Neighborhood Soup Kitchen – the supply of excellent high quality recent meals to these in meals poverty. So, your donations will imply that anybody who wants it – from the homeless navy veteran to native teenager who has been kicked out of dwelling – can obtain a scorching meal 4 nights every week.

However the large quantity that you’ve got raised will permit the charity the liberty to make use of the proceeds of its different fundraising actions to increase and develop its work into completely different areas.

Your donations will imply that youngsters in search of refuge in our metropolis have toys to play with. Your donations will imply that individuals escaping home violence or sexual exploitation are in a position to arrange a brand new dwelling in security. Your donations will imply that plans for brand new providers to supply recent fruit to youngsters and fundamental well being providers to the homeless can go forward.

The Proper to Ample Meals is a Human Proper. It’s one thing that everybody on the planet is entitled to, and each nationwide authorities on earth has the duty to make sure for the individuals who dwell inside its borders. It’s one thing, as Dave Kelly from the Liverpool-based Followers Supporting Foodbanks informed me this week, it’s one thing the UK signed as much as on the United Nations in 1948.

Immediately, households will eat a scorching Christmas dinner that the Soup Kitchen has offered them with. You’ve helped to make that occur. Your fiver. Your fifty quid. While you shared our hyperlink on your loved ones group chat or emailed it round your workplace, you’ve helped to feed folks right this moment and for the 12 months forward.

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Thanks to the volunteers on the Soup Kitchen who make the magic occur


The existence of the Soup Kitchen is the mark of each every thing that’s fantastic in our society and every thing that’s fallacious with our society. So what occurs subsequent? As we emerge into 2022, we needs to be targeted on working along with different teams campaigns that can imply finally, we will the volunteers on the Soup Kitchen can flip our consideration to different much less profound causes.

Meals poverty is a scourge that needs to be eradicated. It’s the consequence of failings throughout the entire remit of public coverage. Zero-hours contracts, low wages, excessive power costs, entry to public transport and childcare, prisons and probation, housing prices and requirements, tenancy rights, immigration coverage, welfare techniques, drug prohibition, city planning, training, and well being providers.

The degradation of our public realm and the neglect and indifference that these in energy have demonstrated in the direction of folks on the margins of our society is one thing we as voters and residents can change.

Regardless of all of the challenges of the fashionable world, England is a wealthy nation with large monetary sources. It is a matter of political selections and political priorities. Sure, there’ll all the time be these souls who for no matter cause selected a life on the streets, however everybody has the appropriate to meals and shelter.

As we have a good time this Christmas and see the New 12 months in, let’s all resolve to maintain taking part in our half in making the adjustments wanted for this to develop into a extra tolerant, extra caring, extra equal Sunderland for us to share collectively.

Ha’means and have a really Merry Christmas everybody.

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