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Pride Brighton and Hove organisers celebrate best ever Pride fundraising

Pride organisers are celebrating the festival’s most successful year.

Pride Brighton and Hove have announced that an extra £40,000 has now been donated to LGBT and HIV charities and good causes in the city following the successful hosting of this year’s event.

The donation brings the total and final amount gifted by the community interest company behind the 2012 Pride event to £71,000.

The additional £40,000 was raised from donations collected during the Pride weekend which included the traditional city centre parade last month and the Preston Park party.

The money raised is more than double the original pledge of the organisers to raise £30,000 for charity.

The success of this year’s event is all the more remarkable as it was achieved with only 24 weeks of planning and follows on from the last seven Prides which failed to raise any money for charity.

Previous organiser Pride (South East) racked up debts of £200,000 during its time in charge of the event.

Funds will be distributed to local community groups by the Sussex Community Foundation with a grants panel meeting next month to decide beneficiaries.

LGBT and HIV/AIDS good causes have until tomorrow to apply for grants.

The latest cheque was presented on behalf of Pride Brighton and Hove by city
council leader Jason Kitcat to Paul Elgood of the Rainbow Fund.

Mr Elgood said: “We are delighted.

"This additional donation also provides an opportunity to look at how Pride as an event can become sustainable in the longer term with an end to it lurch-
ing from crisis to crisis as it has in the last few years.”

Pride director Trevor Edwards said the success of this year’s event was due to organisers “having a tight eye on the costs”.

He added: “What happened to the organisers before was that they were a very enthusiastic team of amateurs but did not have the full-time expertise to question and drive costs down.

"We had the same infrastructure for the park as last year but we brought costs down without cutting corners.”

To apply for funding visit www.sussexgiving.org.uk.

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7:48pm Thu 4 Oct 12

brighton-breezy says...

Shouldn't this money have been offered to the businesses that were left unpaid from last pride, i find it unacceptable that just because there are new organisers they feel they have no need to honour the bad debt caused by what essentially is the same thing i.e. Brighton Pride. walking away from unpaid debt is one of the reasons why this country is in such a bad way financially.
Shouldn't this money have been offered to the businesses that were left unpaid from last pride, i find it unacceptable that just because there are new organisers they feel they have no need to honour the bad debt caused by what essentially is the same thing i.e. Brighton Pride. walking away from unpaid debt is one of the reasons why this country is in such a bad way financially. brighton-breezy
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8:10pm Thu 4 Oct 12

menowhere says...

good point brighton-breezy
good point brighton-breezy menowhere
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12:07am Fri 5 Oct 12

Maxwell's Ghost says...

Brighton and Hove is full of business people who go bust and then set up companies in different names.
Living here is like being in an episode of Minder.
'ere Tel, did you hit Rula.
Brighton and Hove is full of business people who go bust and then set up companies in different names. Living here is like being in an episode of Minder. 'ere Tel, did you hit Rula. Maxwell's Ghost
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12:59am Fri 5 Oct 12

mustaphaLeeko says...

brighton-breezy are you for real?

WHY should they, that's like saying the new owner of a car should pay the parking fines incurred by the previous owner, and in this car when it's not even the same car!

How about getting down of your high horse and being charitable and saying well done to (the completely different organisation and event) Pride for raising £71,000 rather than griping about something which has absolutely nothing to do with the people running this DIFFERENT EVENT.

I bet you didn't even go!
brighton-breezy are you for real? WHY should they, that's like saying the new owner of a car should pay the parking fines incurred by the previous owner, and in this car when it's not even the same car! How about getting down of your high horse and being charitable and saying well done to (the completely different organisation and event) Pride for raising £71,000 rather than griping about something which has absolutely nothing to do with the people running this DIFFERENT EVENT. I bet you didn't even go! mustaphaLeeko
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1:02am Fri 5 Oct 12

mustaphaLeeko says...

oh and yes a couple of spelling mistakes with "car" instead of "case", and "of" instead of "off" before you no doubt point them out.

For my part, WELL DONE PRIDE and S0d off to the moaners!
oh and yes a couple of spelling mistakes with "car" instead of "case", and "of" instead of "off" before you no doubt point them out. For my part, WELL DONE PRIDE and S0d off to the moaners! mustaphaLeeko
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8:15am Fri 5 Oct 12

Goldenwight says...

Perhaps the affected businesses could start offering discounts to AIDS and HIV sufferers, at which point they would be eligible for a grant from the foundation which might go some way to covering their previous losses?
Perhaps the affected businesses could start offering discounts to AIDS and HIV sufferers, at which point they would be eligible for a grant from the foundation which might go some way to covering their previous losses? Goldenwight
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10:25am Fri 5 Oct 12

NastyMrToms says...

Me and a few buds had a great time at Pride this year ... we handed out a lot of leaflets and had a rather large amount of alcohol lol , we did our best to help the brewers lol , ... but seriously , what a fantastic amount of money raised by Pride , well done to all concerned.
Me and a few buds had a great time at Pride this year ... we handed out a lot of leaflets and had a rather large amount of alcohol lol , we did our best to help the brewers lol , ... but seriously , what a fantastic amount of money raised by Pride , well done to all concerned. NastyMrToms
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1:29pm Fri 5 Oct 12

Hove Actually says...

Makes you wonder where all the money was going before .............
About time the past directors and organisers where held to account and made to explain their actions.

Well done to this years team
Makes you wonder where all the money was going before ............. About time the past directors and organisers where held to account and made to explain their actions. Well done to this years team Hove Actually
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8:55pm Fri 5 Oct 12

AmboGuy says...

I'm not sure I'd want to take on last years organisers, lets just say it might be bad for your health to confront them about the missing money.
I'm not sure I'd want to take on last years organisers, lets just say it might be bad for your health to confront them about the missing money. AmboGuy
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8:55pm Fri 5 Oct 12

AmboGuy says...

I'm not sure I'd want to take on last years organisers, lets just say it might be bad for your health to confront them about the missing money.
I'm not sure I'd want to take on last years organisers, lets just say it might be bad for your health to confront them about the missing money. AmboGuy
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