Brighton Pride announces £250,000 charity pot after record-breaking year

This year’s Brighton Pride event raised a record-breaking amount for community causes, organisers said.

The LGBT+ event saw hundreds of thousands of people flock to the city for the Community Parade, Pride Festival headlined by Britney Spears and the new LoveBN1Fest on August 3 to 5.

Brighton Pride Parade 2018 (Photograph: Chris Jepson)

Brighton Pride Parade 2018 (Photograph: Chris Jepson)

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Brighton Pride Parade 2018 (Photograph: Chris Jepson)

Brighton Pride Parade 2018 (Photograph: Chris Jepson)

The £250,000 raised by the event will be distributed as grants to LGBT+/HIV organisations and community groups through the Rainbow Fund, the Pride Social Impact Fund, Pride Cultural Development Fund and new Pride Solidarity Fund.

Paul Kemp, Brighton Pride CIC managing director, said; “We are immensely grateful for the support of everyone who purchased tickets for the official Pride events, as well as our sponsors all of whom have helped us raise this record amount for good causes across our city.

“We really want our local communities and businesses across the city to benefit from the Pride weekend and we are delighted that this year’s event has helped to bring economic boost to the city as well as raising much needed funds for our communities.”

Organisers said all tickets revenue raised from Brighton Pride events goes directly to the operational and running costs of producing the Pride Festival, LGBTQ+ Pride Community Parade, Pride Village Party and community fundraising for the Rainbow Fund and Pride Social Impact Fund.

Brighton Pride Parade 2018 (Photograph: Eddie Mitchell)

Brighton Pride Parade 2018 (Photograph: Eddie Mitchell)

Over the last six years Pride has raised more than £700,000 for charities.

The new Sunday community day in Preston Park – LoveBN1Fest – helped raised even more funds with £20,000 being allocated from the Social Impact Fund for good causes around Preston Park and the St James Street area.