Stop for Soup campaign launches at popular Edinburgh soup café

Homelessness charity Bethany Christian Trust has today launched its Stop for Soup campaign to mark World Homelessness Day at a popular Edinburgh café.

This particular campaign is in its sixth year, and asks supporters to hold a soup lunch with the aim of raising vital funds for Bethany’s emergency accommodation and services for the homeless.

In partnership with local soup café, Union of Genius, who have been teaming up with Bethany for five years in a row, Bethany fundraisers and volunteers shared delicious samplings of soup recipes with passing customers, signed up potential supporters, and helped spread the word about the vital cause of bringing homelessness in Scotland to an end.

Mairead Macleod, events and churches team lead at Bethany Christian Trust, said: “Stop for Soup is a great opportunity to get involved with Bethany Christian Trust and show your support for people who are homeless across Scotland. Last year over 34,000 people declared themselves homeless and this number is set to rise.

“At Bethany, we are doing everything we can to help people through homelessness, and by taking part in this exciting event, you will be too. All the funds raised will be going towards funding our essential services. By taking part you will be helping us end homelessness in Scotland, one person at a time.”

Maisie Walker, café manager at Union of Genius, said: “At Union of Genius, we believe in the power that one bowl of soup can make. That’s why we’re partnering with Bethany Christian Trust in helping launch their Stop for Soup campaign, which encourages folk to help the homeless in a simple and meaningful way.

“We hope this campaign will inspire people to help the homeless this winter either by holding their own Stop for Soup lunch in their home or workplace or by signposting people who are homeless to Bethany’s Winter Care Shelter. No action is too small to make a difference in the homelessness crisis; but everyone has a part to play.”