As I’m sure you have heard, in light of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic we have taken the heartbreaking decision to postpone Brighton & Hove Pride this year, but our vital community organisations still need your help.
A Pride with Purpose, Brighton Pride has raised over £920,000 for community good causes thanks to the support of businesses, sponsors and the many thousands of you that purchase tickets for the Pride Festival in Preston Park and Pride Village Party.
Our sole aim is to provide benefit to the community or to trade with a “social purpose” and in the past 6 years we have supported hundreds of community organisations with grants through the Brighton Rainbow Fund, Pride Social Impact Fund and Pride Cultural Development Fund. You can read about where the money went and some testimony from recipients here.
These are exceptional times and many local charities and community organisations rely on Pride for fundraising to get them through the year.
We are appealing to ticket holders to donate their ticket to support Pride going forward and it’s essential community fundraising; as a thank you, they will have priority purchasing options in next year’s pre-release ticket sale. More details here.
We know, when the time is right, it will be even more important for people to come back together and celebrate our communities and City.
Messages of support
A message from the Brighton Rainbow Fund
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.
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.
You can read the statement from the Brighton Rainbow Fund here.
A message from the Pride Social Impact Fund
“Thanks to the generosity of Pride and its supporters, the Social Impact Fund has donated tens of thousands of pounds of crucial funding to dozens of community groups and good causes over the years. While it is undoubtedly disappointing that Pride 2020 has been cancelled, we hope that those who can continue to support it as much as possible so that the positive messages of Pride continue to be heard across Brighton and Hove all year round.”