Pride hands 100 tickets to refugee families for Sunday festival

Preston Park during Pride Festival in 2016 (Photograph: Brighton Pride)
Preston Park during Pride Festival in 2016 (Photograph: Brighton Pride)

Brighton and Hove Pride has gifted 100 tickets to LoveBN1Fest in Preston Park to The Hummingbird Project, a charity which supports refugee families.

The new Sunday festival will help raise extra funds for the Pride Social Impact Fund, which goes towards local good causes.

The festival will be headlined by Nile Rodgers & Chic, with supporting acts Jess Glynne, Raye, Gabrielle, House Gospel Choir, Rowetta and Arianna and the Rose.

Elaine Ortiz, founder of the Hummingbird Project, said: “Huge thank you to Pride for giving our charity 100 free tickets for the family-friendly event on Sunday.

“We work with young refugees, their families and carers and they have now benefited from the free passes.

“I have also distributed tickets with other partner refugee organisations that work directly with young people and adults. The people who received these tickets would likely not have been able to participate in the day without this.

Everyone is very excited to take part in celebrating Pride with our beautiful city.

“I really hope that the Refugees Welcome Movement will follow the footsteps of the LGBT movement and achieve making significant changes in order to give protection and human rights to those fleeing war and oppression. I hope in the future we will be seeing hundreds of thousands of people standing shoulder to shoulder with Refugees celebrating having achieved this, together.”

Pride also provided discounted tickets to the Sussex and Surrey Police, East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, and the South East Coast Ambulance Service.

Chief Inspector Katy Woolford of Sussex and Surrey Police said: “As a thank you from Brighton and Hove Pride, all emergency services, including Sussex and Surrey Police, have been issued with half price discounted ticket to say thank you for supporting Pride and keeping people coming to the city safe.”

Brighton Pride fundraises to support LGBTQ+ organisations and local projects, and has raised over £455,000 for community good causes in the past five years, thanks to the support of businesses, sponsors and the many thousands of people who purchase tickets for the Pride Festival and other events.

LoveBN1Fest, takes place on Sunday (August 5) at Preston Park. Gates open at 1.30pm and close at 9.30pm

Tickets are £37.50, and children under 14 can go for free.

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