Soup The Musical and donation box plea in aid of Thanet Winter Shelter

Fundraising for the Thanet Winter Shelter

Soup – The Musical will take place at Elsewhere in Margate to raise funds for the Thanet Winter Shelter.

The event, organised by Elsewhere and music promoter Art’s Cool, will include local duo Liotia, Rondo Mo, The Selkies, Night Works, Jack Goldstein / CRABS + Charlie Hannah and the Haus Plants and Scott from Fantastic Pleasure DJs. There will also be a fundraiser raffle and pop-up soup kitchen courtesy of The Grain Grocer Cliftonville
Advance tickets £5 from

Minimum £5 donation on the door with all proceeds being donated to Thanet Winter Shelter.

The event is on December 15 at Elsewhere, 21-22 The Centre, from 4.30pm to midnight.

The shelter, which is running for its fourth year, opened on November 11 and runs through to March 29. It provides a bed, food and services to those sleeping rough on the isle.

The scheme is free to anyone who needs to access it and referrals are made by Thanet’s Rough Sleeper Service, RISE.

At least 20 bed spaces, plus five emergency ones, are provided nightly, as well a hot evening meal and breakfast the next morning. It is running across eight venues in Margate and Ramsgate and is receiving support from the Salvation Army, Thanet council, The Gap Project in Broadstairs and isle churches.

Funding for the project costs around £65,000 each year. Thanet council gives £20,000 with a further £10,000 grant from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government but the rest is made up of donations.

Donation boxes are also being collected by Cliffs café in Northdown Road. Suggested donation items include:

New socks/new underwear
Gloves and hats
Sleeping bags
Single bedding
Bags, particularly rucksacks
Shoes and boots in decent condition
Clothing, including coats, jeans, t-shirts and sweaters.
Instant coffee/hot chocolate
Vegetarian tinned soups
Jams and preserves
Tinned tomatoes/Tinned pulses
Toiletries (Both male and female)
Feminine Hygiene Items
Books, Notepads, Pens and Pencils