Karen Bowen named as Wales’ ‘Souper Star’ by New Covent Garden Soup Co.
New Covent Garden Soup has been on the hunt for local ‘Souper Stars’ from all over the country; community heroes who go above and beyond to help others or have achieved something remarkable, and local Teaching Assistant, Karen Bowen, has been named as New Covent Garden Soup’s ‘Souper Star’ for Wales.
Whether it’s a hero who has successfully raised funds for a local or national cause, provided care and support for those in the community or simply pushed themselves to the limit to achieve something special – New Covent Garden Soup want to celebrate the most Souper people from across the country to say ‘thank you!’ for everything they do.
Karen was nominated by friend Alyson. Karen cares for both her mother and mother in law, as well as bringing up her own four children and helping to look after Alyson’s children when she was diagnosed with a challenging illness. On top of all this, Karen recently took on a second job to help make ends meet – she really is undoubtedly a worthy Souper Star.
Karen commented on her win: ‘I was so surprised and a little embarrassed to learn that my dear friend, Alyson, had nominated me. There are so many people who are much more deserving of a nomination but I am touched that she took the trouble to write about me.’
Twelve regional finalists have been chosen from across the UK; each to be rewarded with an all-expenses paid ‘Souper Stars’ award ceremony dinner and mini break in central London in January with a guest of their choice. On the night, one overall winning ‘Souper Star’ will also be announced; receiving a further £2,500 to donate to a charity of their choice and £2,500 of gift card vouchers to treat themselves to a well-deserved reward!
Psychologist Honey Langcaster-James, who will speak at the awards dinner and choose the overall prize-winning ‘Souper Star’, commented; ‘The importance of good deeds in society cannot be overstated and sometimes it can be the smallest gesture that can go the longest way. I’m really proud to be a part of New Covent Garden Soup’s mission to celebrate those who go above and beyond by helping and supporting others, and in some instances even changing lives. Karen is one such person and I’m very much looking forward to meeting her in January.’