Funding boost for Disability Pride

Disability Pride in Brighton
Disability Pride in Brighton

A celebration for and by people with disabilities was handed a funding boost from the People’s Health Trust in its second year.

Disability Pride will see a parade along Brighton seafront before a festival at Hove Lawns on Saturday (July 14).

And this year it’s set to be bigger and better thanks to a £37,820 grant from People’s Health Trust – using money raised through The Health Lottery.

The funding has been used to support disabled people to organise and deliver the event, ensuring that no-one is excluded from becoming actively involved.

Jenny Skelton, Disability Pride Brighton founder, said: “I started Disability Pride Brighton after my daughter was the victim of disability discrimination.

“I don’t want others to have to experience this and so we created this all-inclusive event aimed at tackling the issue and empowering disabled people. Thanks to money raised through The Health Lottery in the south east, we’ve been able to invite even more people to join our movement.”

Committee member Naomi, said: “It is because of Disability Pride that I am able to be happy in my own body as a disabled person. It is because of Disability Pride and being part of the Committee that I am able to help speak for those disabled people who may be non-verbal or may not feel comfortable yet to speak for themselves. I feel like because of Disability Pride, I am able to have a place in society which can radically make changes to how disabled people are seen, not just in Brighton but all over the UK.”

Chris Lunn, The Health Lottery in the South East spokesperson said: “The funds raised through the Health Lottery in the south east are changing and improving lives. It was clear that supporting Disability Pride Brighton to grow would have a great benefit to the community. To date, over £100 million has been raised through The Health Lotteries for good causes across Great Britain and we hope to make even more for good causes when Health Lottery South East opens on July 29 2018.”

Health Lottery South East is benefitting from Health Lottery tickets sold from July 29 to August 31.

To buy Health Lottery tickets through local retailers or visit: www.healthlottery.co.uk

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