The Soup Kitchen’s longest and most important partnership relationship has been with Peterborough Cathedral.
When the Soup Kitchen was formed, as a project to help resolve some of the issues of homelessness in the city in 1983, the majority of people involved came from some of the city’s main churches. Peterborough Cathedral supported what was to become Peterborough Soup Kitchen, from its inception.
This support has not just been from a distance but very much ‘hands on’ and practical. Members of the senior staff at the Cathedral have been trustees of the Soup Kitchen over the years. In more recent times they have also had three separate teams of volunteers who help prepare and serve food for the homeless, just like other volunteers from the community.
When the Soup Kitchen was preparing its premier fundraising event of 2010 we asked local civic and business leaders to join in and support us. The Very Reverend Charles Taylor, Dean of Peterborough Cathedral was the first person to offer. He was instrumental in the great success of the event through his tremendous enthusiasm and practical support both through the Cathedral but also with the necessary publicity alongside the Mayor of Peterborough. He and a team of other Cathedral personnel raised over £2,000 for the Soup Kitchen and the purchase of a new van.