Brighton & Hove Pride have just announced that they surpassed all of their fundraising expectations this year with a total of £147,263.74 raised for local causes.

The astonishing amount will be distributed as grants to LGBT and HIV organisations through the Rainbow Fund the Pride Social Impact Fund and the Pride Community Fund.

Pride 2017 is considered to be the biggest date with estimates from Sussex Police and Brighton & Hove City Council of almost 400,000 people celebrating Pride in the City over the weekend.

The FREE Pride Community Parade attracted approximately 300,000 participants and spectators, with almost 100,000 people attending Pride ticketed events and over 100,000 people passing through Brighton train station.

This year Brighton & Hove Pride, of which Attitude and Winq magazine are media partners, cost over £1.8 million and brought in around £18 million to the City’s economy.

All Pride ticket revenue raised goes directly to the operational and running costs of producing the Pride Festival, Pride Community Parade, Pride Village Party and community fundraising grants through the Rainbow Fund, a Brighton & Hove based grant-giving fund for local LGBT and HIV/AIDS organisations, and the Pride Social Impact Fund.

Paul Kemp of Brighton Pride, said: “We are immensely grateful for the support of everyone who purchased tickets for the official Pride events as well as our sponsors and local supporting businesses all who have helped us raise this record amount of Pride community fundraising.”

“We really want local businesses across the City to benefit from the Pride weekend but, apart from contributions from venues within the Village Party zone, there has been a disappointing amount of support locally.

“Prior to Pride we sent over 2,000 letters by post to local businesses who benefit from the bumper Pride weekend inviting them to support Pride’s fundraiser for the Social Impact Fund but, to date, no support has been forthcoming.”

The Rainbow Fund Grants for local LGBT community groups will be announced at the Rainbow Fund Grants Awards 2017 at the Brighton Hilton Metropole next month.

Applications for the Pride Social Impact Fund Grants open October 1 with successful applicants announced in December.

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