Birmingham Pride who organise the UK’s biggest 2 day Gay pride festival at the end of May every year, donated £10,000 recently to St Basils after their last festival raised £20,000 for local homelessness charities. Birmingham Pride donated a percentage of ticket sales and also held a collection over the two-day event.
Pride Festival Director, Lawrence Barton, was delighted to award a combined total of £20,000 to the charities, commenting, “Birmingham Pride is a fantastic celebration and party in the city enjoyed by tens of thousands of people. So to be able to stage a great party, and also be able to raise funds for worthwhile causes at the same time is very humbling. “St. Basils and SIFA Fireside are two dynamic Birmingham charities which work with some of the most vulnerable adults in our society, including the LGBT community, and we are pleased to be able to award £20,000 to them to help the plight of LGBT homelessness."
Fundraising Officer, Steve Rainbow (pictured below left) said: "This really is a staggering amount and hugely generous! We work with around 60 young people every year who have been made homeless in part due to their sexuality or gender identity and this donation will go a long way to helping them and preventing homelessness for future young people. We want to thank everyone who attended the festival and helped contribute to this amazing total, and also of course to Birmingham Pride for choosing St Basils as one of the beneficiaries of this event this year".