‘Soup’s up’ with County Durham NHS team thanks to food-sharing initiative

Posted on: Thursday 4 Oct 2018

A County Durham-based NHS team is taking part in a national food-sharing initiative using produce that they have grown themselves – and they’re asking the local community in the Willington area to join in with them as part of a ‘Big Soup Share’.

Growing Healthy County Durham’s Family Initiative Supporting Children’s Health (FISCH) team is hosting its Big Soup Share, a Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) campaign. The community event takes place at the team’s allotment in Willington, County Durham, where the team, along with children and families, have been planting and growing their own produce to help promote healthy eating and healthier lifestyles for the past year.

The FISCH team’s Big Soup Share takes place at Rosedale and Victoria Allotments on Thursday 11 October from 4pm and the team are hoping that the local community and organisations get involved.

Those who are taking part in the initiative will make their own soup from the produce they have grown.

The Big Soup Share aims to celebrate gardening work, while creating and strengthening links in local communities through sharing the food.

Joanne Dodds, Community Health Assistant in the Growing Healthy County Durham FISCH Team, said: “Our Big Soup Share event aims to showcase our allotment project and all the work that the team and our families have put in.

“The Big Soup Share allows us to use the produce we have planted, grown and harvested to make soup that we can share with the local community, particularly the Rosedale and Victoria Allotment Association, who have loaned us the allotment.

“We have also invited a range of local partners, such as Growing Durham and Durham County Council, to take part in the event with us and our families.

“Our Big Soup Share event takes place in the allotment’s community hut, where we will be displaying photos of the project so far. We look forward to seeing everyone there to celebrate all of our hard work so far.”

The team’s gardening project is supported by Growing Durham, an initiative hosted by Durham Community Action to support people and groups who want to grow their own food.

Dr Ros Tolcher, Chief Executive of Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust, which Growing Healthy County Durham is part of, will also be attending the event.


For further information please contact:

Jamie Wright, Communications and Marketing Assistant, [email protected] and 01423 557732.

Pictured: The FISCH team’s families taking part in the allotment initiative, ahead of the Big Soup Share on Thursday 11 October.

Notes to editors: Growing Healthy County Durham is part of Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust and promotes and protects the health and wellbeing of all children and young people in the county. Part of the role of the service is to work with children, young people and families to empower and enable them to make informed decisions about health, and to support them in transitioning safely and happily into adult life.