Brighton Pride raises over £300,000 for LGBTQ+ charities

Pride celebrations across the city raised more than £300,000 for LGBTQ+ charities, organizers have revealed.

Singer-songwriter Christina Aguilera thrilled and entertained thousands as she headlined the Preston Park Festival alongside Ella Henderson and Todrick Hall.

Brighton Pride chief executive Paul Kemp said the money will provide much-needed funds for local charities, community groups and projects.

He said: “We are delighted that Brighton Pride has successfully returned to the city for its 30th anniversary. It has been a truly amazing weekend of love, protest and unity, with campaigning and protest right at the heart of Pride.

“After two years of pandemic and lockdowns, the logistics of holding a major event have been even more challenging than usual with hurdles including increased cleaning and security costs and infrastructure availability.

“However, we are delighted to announce that this year’s Pride has raised over £300,000, which has been raised through the Brighton Rainbow Fund, the Pride Social Impact Fund and the Pride Development Fund with special grants to our key local charities, community groups and projects distributed through the Pride Solidarity Fund.”

The Pride celebrations returned to Brighton after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemicChristina Aguilera performed in front of thousands at the Pride festival in Preston Park

The amount raised from this year’s event totals nearly £1.25 million raised by the current organisation.

Chris Gull, Chair of the Brighton Rainbow Fund, said: “Pride is not only raising funds but is a reminder to businesses and venues organizing their own events during this time that they can make those events meaningful by raising funds, rather than just Seizing on the opportunities that Brighton Pride offers drives the city to make a profit without acknowledging the work and effort it takes to make Pride a reality in the first place.

“We already know from the applications we have received for funding that the money raised by Pride will make a significant and positive difference for many of our LGBTQ+ communities in Brighton and Hove.”

The annual festival weekend for Pride brings an estimated £25.5million to the city’s economy, with visitors spending money on accommodation, retail, food and drink during the celebrations. Brighton Pride raises over £300,000 for LGBTQ+ charities

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