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The Big Broth event took place on the University of Chester’s Parkgate Road and Warrington Campuses, as well as at University Centre Shrewsbury recently, all in aid of Centrepoint.

For a minimum donation of £1, over 150 portions of soup have been served up by students and staff. The soup was freshly prepared by the University of Chester’s Catering Services, with vegetables kindly donated by local vegetable supplier Reynolds. Additional vegetables were donated by staff member Caroline Armstrong, from her allotment. Caroline is a member of the Great Barrow Allotment Society and other members also kindly supplied vegetables. Donations were also provided by the University’s Green Chester and the Grounds staff. The University’s Chaplaincy team baked fresh bread to accompany the soup at Chester. 

Louise Collins, Community Liaison Manager at the University of Chester, said: “Thank you so much to everyone who made such a ‘soup-reme’ effort in Chester, Shrewsbury and Warrington. Our event went really well and we raised a total of £191. With gift aid, that total reached in excess of £200 for Centrepoint, which is a UK wide charity that works on youth homelessness.”

Rebecca Hughes, Student Wellbeing Project Officer at the University, added: “It wasn’t just about raising money for Centrepoint, but it was also about raising awareness. Lots of people enjoyed making fun faces on their soup and they were encouraged to share these on their social media platforms - all to raise the profile of the fantastic work of Centrepoint and the issue of youth homelessness. Centrepoint will be running this nationwide campaign again next year and people can find out more about it on the Big Broth website


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