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18th November 2020

Only A Pavement Away launches SOS campaign

Written by: Edward Waddell
Only A Pavement Away, the charity that supports people who are facing homelessness into jobs within the hospitality industry, has launched the Serve Our Soup campaign to ‘inspire’ furloughed chefs and foodies to cook a five-ingredient soup.

The SOS campaign, in association with chef Tom Aikens, is encouraging people to cook a five-ingredient soup and donate £5 towards the Hospitality Against the Homelessness fund. The ‘SOS Challenge’ will run until 11 December, with the winner announced on 16 December 2020.

Aikens said: “Following the success of the charity cooking challenge we launched earlier this year, and now with the industry once again facing such extreme pressure, there is no better time than now to bring the hospitality community back together, getting members of the public and furloughed chefs alike to put their aprons on and help raise funds for such an essential cause.”

OAPA ambassador Aikens will select the winning recipe and it will be included as a starter on the menu at the annual Cook and Dine Event in 2021. The winner will also receive two tickets for the fundraising event, one for themselves and one for a guest.

Greg Mangham, founder of OAPA, added: “Not only are we looking to raise much needed awareness and funds for the Hospitality Against Homeless campaign, but also give furloughed chefs and individuals the opportunity to do something creative, with the chance to win a prize for their own personal achievements.

“It also seemed ideal to create a campaign where those sleeping rough would also benefit, nothing better than a hot soup or broth on a cold day.”

For more information on the SOS campaign, visit: