By Urban Echo reporter
The homeless have faced difficulties as winter weather temperatures plummeting in Bradford this winter. Experiencing the extremity of the harsh weather from the gale force winds to the heavy snow, individuals must not forget that help in always available for the homeless.Whilst many of us are sitting in the comfort of our warm homes with nice food, for moment just think about those who are without food, without shelter and without a home.
The Bradford Soup Run a charity organisation which offers good food and blankets to the homeless. It was voted the ‘Best Community Group’ at the Millennium Awards in 1999 and was a finalist in the 2006 BBC sponsored Best of British Food & Farming Awards.
John Tempest, the director and founder of the organisation, which started 30 years ago, meets 100 homeless individuals every Friday with his team for the soup run.
Speaking to Urban Echo, Mr Tempest states: “We pride ourselves with good quality food, because it’s what we pay for. “People come, they’re hungry and we feed them. “Sometimes it’s like a military operation.”
Meeting the likes of Jamie Oliver, Ainsley Harriot, Marcus Wareing and Gordon Ramsey, Mr Tempest says all the chefs “Agreed that just because you are poor doesn’t mean you have to eat poor quality.”
According to the organisers, the soup run sees more men than women, because the Bradford Metropolitan Council treats women to be more at risk. Women are stronger and are able to ask others for help but men let their pride get in the way, therefore men seem to be the ones who are left homeless.
In the last few years Mr Tempest says that the soup run has welcomed an increase of Eastern European homeless men. He said most of them come to find work and they are not successful, but “They eat and enjoy, and at the end they say thank you.”
Mr Tempest said that through his work at The Bradford Soup Run, his children have seen the other side to life and if they were to pass a homeless person, they would buy them some food. He said we have come across so many different stories, they have a lot of baggage but we have to build an emotional wall; otherwise we’d be in pieces every night.
If a homeless person would like help to find a home or a job The Bradford Soup Run will point them in the right direction. It costs approximately £770 a week to keep feeding the homeless in Bradford which you can help by making a donation.
For more information visit The Bradford Soup Run website – www.thebradfordsouprun.org.uk/