One giant pumpkin makes more than 60 pints of soup for homeless people

Published on: 24 Nov 2017

WHAT happens when you grow an enormous pumpkin? Well, of course, you offer it to Downend Youth leader Diane Paddon.  After admiring this whopper at Ignite Youth Club and at our Trunk or Treat family event, Julie Malschuk, a local Cub leader, carved up the pumpkin, and everyone who wanted to, took home a piece of pumpkin to make soup for homeless people in Bristol. 

There are two groups who go out with volunteers from St Augustine’s & Christ Church Downend every two weeks on the Bristol Soup Run. They take freshly made sandwiches, home made soup in flasks, tea, coffee, cakes, chocolate, fruit, wash kits, deodorants, new underwear, clean clothing, including boots and coats, sleeping bags and blankets and more. Thanks to this one pumpkin, we now have over 64 pints of homemade soup stored in the freezer ready for the next few outings.  

Homelessness is a huge issue. On an average Saturday night, the volunteers often see as many as 100 people. Some are living on the streets, some may have accommodation, or be staying at a hostel, but many have little food and little hope too and are so grateful for the food, clothing items and sleeping bags we take out. Downend resident Martyn Poole was a founder member of the Bristol Soup Run 30 years ago. 

For more information on donating items, please contact me at or contact the Christ Church Downend facebook page.

Helen Buick


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