Charities and not-for-profit organisations can pitch for funding in front of an audience tucking into soup!

The crowd-funding event with a difference is called HD Soup and will be held at the Hive Community Café on John William Street in Huddersfield town centre next Wednesday, November 15, at 5.30pm.

People pay £5 to be in the audience that listens to Dragon’s Den style pitches from the three organisations needing money, explaining just what the funding will be used for.

In return everyone in the audience gets a bowl of soup to enjoy and a voting card to vote for the pitch that impressed them most of all.

The winning pitch takes all the money paid by the audience on the night.

The events are organised by Gabby Hurt from Hive Community & Café, Lauren Moore from the RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield, and Bradford Branch and Lisa Jagger from Straight Forward Funding.

Gabby said: “We had all listened to a presentation by Dewsbury Soup and loved the idea. The concept involved inviting local organisations to pitch their projects to an audience who then votes on who should win the takings on the evening. Realising we had the skills and a great venue to host it – HD Soup was born.”

The Huddersfield community has really got behind HD Soup with crowdfunding evenings raising more than £600 for three worthy causes in 2022 and they hope to raise even more by the end of this year.

Organisations are eligible to apply to pitch if they are ‘not for profit’ and based or provide activities in the Huddersfield or south Kirklees area. There will be three organisations chosen to pitch on the evening.

To apply email with the name of your organisation, your contact details and confirm that you are based in Huddersfield or provide activities in this area.

There can be up to 40 people in the audience at each event and each attendee donates £5 to be a part of the crowdfunding initiative. In return, every audience member gets a soup supper, a great evening out and one voting token. 

After the three pitches have taken place the audience has the opportunity to ask three further questions and then use their token to vote for their favourite pitch.

The winner receives all the £5 contributions taken on the door along with any proceeds from raffles and other fundraising initiatives on the evening. 

To book your place in the audience at next Wednesday’s event go to or email

Written by ANDY HIRST who runs his own Yorkshire freelance journalism agency AH! PR ( specialising in press releases, blogging, website content and copywriting.