Statement from The Brighton Rainbow Fund re Postponement of Brighton Pride
We know what a difficult decision it has been for the organisers of Brighton Pride to postpone the planned event in light of the unprecedented challenges that the COVID19 pandemic is bringing to us all.
Under the current stewardship, since 2013, the annual event has raised just under a million pounds for good causes in Brighton & Hove, the vast majority of it distributed through The Brighton Rainbow Fund to local LGBTQ+ specific projects, which make a fundamental difference to the lives of hundreds of people in our communities.
The Brighton Rainbow Fund is the central hub for distribution of community raised funds, not just from Pride, but from venues, other fundraising groups such as Brighton Bear Weekend, Bear Patrol, our Choirs, and individual donors. We currently support over 20 local LGBTQ+ specific projects.
With the postponement of Pride, and Brighton Bear Weekend, and the closure of venues, we have no idea yet how much we will have to distribute later in the year.
On behalf of the projects that we support, and the people that they support, we are asking ticket holders to consider the option of not claiming a refund….in effect making a donation to allow them to continue their valuable work for another year.
For those who hadn’t bought tickets yet, and would like to contribute directly, there is a donate button on the Brighton Rainbow Fund website
The Brighton Rainbow Fund is a grant giving charity ( 1181116) which distributes community raised funds, predominantly from Brighton Pride events, to local LGBTQ+ and HIV projects, through an application process which ensures that the funds are distributed in a fair, transparent, and needs led way.
Details at www.rainbow-fund.org
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