Carolyn Molyneaux organised a Soup Kitchen at the Town Hall on Saturday lunchtime in aid of Retts Syndrome. Carolyn’s friend Helen whose daughter Lauren suffers from Rett Syndrome was 40 this year and asked 40 friends to each hold an event to help raise money for research into this devastating condition. Rett Syndrome is a neurological disorder that strikes little girls around the time of their first birthday and affects nearly every aspect of these girls’ lives; taking away their ability to walk, talk and use their hands. Many girls have problems with breathing and eating and it affects 1 in 10,000.
There was a choice of four soups which were kindly made and donated by local friends and businesses; Hotel du Vin, The Malsters Arms, Zizzis and Jennie Cole. The bread was also donated by Cafe Rouge in Henley.
As well as the delicious soup, there was a tombola, cake and card stalls, a raffle, Tupperware and Friendtex Clothes stall run by another friend Rosie Mortimer and Guess the Weight of ‘Smartie’ the Pony who was outside on Market Square. Smartie was brought along by Caroline Bowers who works with Carolyn at Delegate and runs Learn with Smartie www.learnwithsmartie.co.uk and was offering a free riding lesson on Smartie to the winner.
The raffle prizes were donated by lots of different local businesses including Rules of Beauty, Precious Love, Regal Cinema, Dorata Haidressers, Patisserie Valerie, Hotel du Vin, Hot Gossip, Barbara Easton, Frost Borneo Opticians, Bell Book Shop and the Henley Pharmacy. Carolyn would like to thank them all for their kind donations.
“My target was to raise £10, 0o0 with 40 events, but we have 55 events planned and have raised just under £25,000 already”, said Helen. “I am delighted that Carolyn took on my birthday challenge”, she added.
The Soup Kitchen raised £1200 on Saturday and Carolyn said afterwards “I’m delighted to raise so much for this great cause.”