Samuel Cousins, Musical Director at Actually CIC, and members of Actually Gay Men’s Chorus receive a certificate of appreciation from Bill Puddicombe of The Sussex Beacon.
ACTUALLY Gay Men’s Chorus was set up with the specific aim of providing a place where gay men can socialise, have fun and develop their vocal skills in a unique environment.
Over the past fourteen years, Actually Community Interest Company and its subsidiaries have raised thousands of pounds for local charities, and recently Actually Gay Men’s Chorus were lucky to enjoy a reception with Councillor Dee Simpson, Mayor of Brighton & Hove, to acknowledge the Chorus’ work for charity and its contribution to the city of Brighton and Hove.
The Sussex Beacon was selected by Actually Gay Men’s Chorus members to be its chosen charity for its 2018 concert season.
Chorus Representative and Director, Chris Tippett, said; “The boys were thrilled to raise a total of £3142.83 through its fundraising concerts Let It Snow!; Ovation!; True Colours and It’s ACTUALLY Christmas in 2018; and now, following a members’ vote, the Chorus will continue to fund-raise for The Sussex Beacon throughout Actually’s 2019 productions.”
Alan Baser, Chair of Actually CIC said; “We are a group of men from different backgrounds and ages brought together by music; everybody brings something unique and each of our personal stories enriches us all. Through our audiences’ generosity in 2018, and 2019, the Chorus is proud to continue to support the incredible work of The Sussex Beacon and give back to the Brighton & Hove LGBT+ communities.”
The Sussex Beacon charity offers specialist care and support for men, women and families living with HIV. Open every day of the year, The Sussex Beacon helps people manage with the everyday realities of living with this life-long condition that has no cure.
Julie Rawcliffe of The Sussex Beacon added; ”The Sussex Beacon is proud to have been chosen, once again, as the charity of the year by the Actually Gay Men’s Chorus. During 2018, the Chorus and their generous audiences raised an incredible £3142.83 for the Beacon. This will pay for essential, specialist HIV care that is unavailable anywhere else. Treatment for HIV has greatly improved the lives of those living with the virus, however there are still some who experience daily challenges. It is this group to whom we provide health care, health management services and social support. The communities of Hove and Brighton have always been great supporters of the Beacon and we thank the Actually Gay Men’s Chorus for continuing this tradition.”
Actually’s fundraising calendar commences on Friday June 21 and Saturday, June 22, with Actually Gay Men’s Chorus’s first production of the year: Showstoppers!, which will be performed at St Andrew’s Church, Waterloo Street Hove.
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