Members of the Bath Rugby squad were out in force yesterday lunchtime supporting the Genesis Trust's Souper November campaign.
Charlie Ewels, Juan Pablo Orlandi and David Sisi visited St Michaels Without Church to lend a hand to the Genesis volunteers who serve soup and hot lunches to the homeless and vulnerable people of Bath that the charity helps.
Speaking of the campaign, Ewels said: "It's been really humbling to see the hard work that the Genesis Trust are doing through this and other campaigns to help support the homeless people in Bath. People can sometimes take things like hot food and shelter for granted, so it's great to be able to give something back and help those who are giving their time to do all they can for people in less fortunate situations. "
Providing soup and ensuring homeless and vulnerable people have access to food, training and emotional support is at the heart of what Genesis does in its nine projects in the city. With winter ahead and the numbers of rough sleepers in the city on the increase, the charity needs more money to cope with the rise in demand for its services.
Paul Solly, Director of the Genesis Trust, commented: "It's great to see the Bath Rugby players backing our Souper November campaign. We've had really good support so far from the city's top chefs, cafés and farm shops and we're really grateful to the people of Bath who've got behind it by holding soup parties. All the money raised will be ploughed back into running our nine projects which are experiencing an increase in demand as we move toward winter and Christmas. We plan to run this campaign every November from now on and hope to build on its success even further next year."
It's not too late to take part in this year's campaign though, with all the information needed available on the Genesis Trust website.