Manchester Pride hits £1 million charity target

Publish Date: 14/10/2011

This year, Pride celebrated it's 21st Birthday and reaching the £1 million mark with its fundraising efforts is the perfect birthday present for the festival, and all the volunteers and people involved with putting on the event over the years.

Vicken Couligian, Chair of Manchester Pride, said: “We are over the moon here at Manchester Pride to have raised such a fantastic sum of money over this year’s festival – and what better birthday present could we have than meeting the £1M target.

After a summer that has arguably had its low points – with the gay blood ban still in place and the recent Manchester riots – it is great to have something positive to shout about in Manchester and be proud of.

We work extremely hard all year round at Manchester Pride to put on a great event and fundraise for deserving causes, and we are very grateful to all of those who support us in doing so. Our patrons, staff, board of trustees, friends, volunteers, media partners and festival goers – thank you for helping us achieve this!”

The festival is the only one of its kind that continues to raise such large sums of money for charities and LGBT groups, and is renowned for having the biggest and best musical talent year on year, reflected in its five consecutive annual wins of the Pink Paper Awards’ ‘Best Pride’ prize.

A total of £98,000 was raised during the ten day festival, with an additional £7,000 being raised at the first Manchester Pride Dinner in September 2010; this money has been distributed through the Pride Fringe Fund.

As in previous years, the Lesbian & Gay Foundation’s free condom and lube scheme and the George House Trust’s HIV Welfare fund will both receive £24,500, with the remaining money being distributed over the coming months to LGBT and HIV charities and organisations across Greater Manchester.

Paul Martin OBE, Chief Executive of the Lesbian & Gay Foundation (LGF) said: “The Lesbian & Gay Foundation would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who came and supported Manchester Pride this August.

The monies raised for local LGB&T and HIV good causes is a fantastic achievement and to know that despite difficult financial circumstances, tens of thousands of people contributed to the success of the festival and to supporting their local communities, is a testament to why we are so incredibly proud of Manchester.

We would like to pay tribute to all of the volunteers who support Pride and the charities all year round. It is with great sadness, but huge respect that we pay tribute to Jackie Crozier, who has played a tremendously important role as Festival Director, maintaining the status and reputation of Britain’s favourite Pride event, and we wish her all the best for the future.

The fact that Manchester Pride has now raised over £1 million for local LGB&T and HIV good causes since EuroPride in 2003, is a wonderful legacy to Jackie and her team and we should all be incredibly proud of the hard work that continues to go into making this city’s Pride event one of the best in the world.  

The monies that the Lesbian & Gay Foundation will receive will go towards making sure Manchester’s Free Condom & Lube Distribution Scheme for gay and bisexual men, remains visible and free to access across Greater Manchester.

We would also like to encourage all those interested to apply for Manchester Pride’s Community Fund to support their own projects too.

As we look forward to Manchester Pride 2012, we wish everyone involved in putting together the event the very best .”   

Next year's event is scheduled to take place from the 17 – 27 August 2012. For up to date information on this visit: www.manchesterpride.com


For pictures of this year's Pride parade visit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/lgf/sets/72157627406542667/