Barclays Summer Fundraising Success!

Publish Date: 25/07/2013

The event was held on 11 July at The Battery Club in London with stunning views over the River Thames and London skyline. Over 150 people attended, including representatives from Barclays, and law firm Allen & Overy, who co-hosted the event.

Guests were treated to canapés and wine, whilst enjoying the fancy dress photobooth and elite close-up magician. Speakers included representatives from Barclays, Allen & Overy and Paul Martin OBE, Chief Executive of The Lesbian & Gay Foundation. Scottish Comedian and Author Rhona Cameron spoke about her experiences of growing up and coming out, entertaining the crowd with funny anecdotes and stories.

There was a raffle and silent auction on the night, key prizes included Graham Norton tickets, with backstage Green Room access, cocktails at ICEBAR, a private booth at Revolution and a stay at The Royal Horseguards Hotel.

Over £15,500 was raised, with the money going towards The Lesbian & Gay Foundation’s Safer Schools Packs which tackle homophobic bullying in schools and are packed full of resources, information and advice. The money raised will enable over 500 packs to be sent out across the country.

Paul Martin, OBE, Chief Executive of The Lesbian & Gay Foundation comments “This money raises vital funds and enables us to take a stand against homophobia, biphobia and transphobia in society today. Our Safer Schools packs support young people in schools to be themselves and learn in a safe, inclusive environment, giving them the confidence and skills to succeed in life”

Jeff Davis, member of Barclays LGBT Global Oversight Board, comments “At Barclays, we believe that diversity is not just about words, it is about actions, results and positive outcomes. The Lesbian & Gay Foundation provides much-needed help to young LGB&T people through its Safer Schools Pack and we are proud to be able to support the charity’s continued work in this area.”

Jim Ford, Partner and member of A&O’s LGBT network, comments; “At Allen & Overy we recognise that, for any person to realise their full potential, they need the room to develop in an inclusive environment that helps build their confidence.   This is especially important during the crucial school years when bullying can too often undermine development - that is why our LGBT network is incredibly proud to support this charity.”

For more information on The Lesbian & Gay Foundation’s Safer Schools Packs visit www.lgf.org.uk/schoolspack