Combined choirs charity concert raises over £3,000 for HIV charity

Besi Besemar February 18, 2019

Annual World Aids Day Charity Concert raises over £3,000 for Lunch Positive.


THE annual World Aids Day Charity Concert held on December 1 at St Mary’s Church, Kemptown is renowned for the variety of its performances and the warm support of its audience.

The latest concert was no exception and saw three co-organising choirs Actually Gay Men’s Chorus, Brighton Gay Men’s Chorus and Rainbow Chorus joined on stage by Brighton Belles, Qukulele, Rebelles, Resound Male Voices and The Sweet Chilli Singers.

The event was hosted by trans campaigners Fox and Owl Fisher adding to the message that anybody in the LGBT+ spectrum and beyond can be affected by HIV/AIDS. Once again Nick Ford Photography sponsored the printed programme.

Lunch Positive volunteers at St Mary's Church
Lunch Positive volunteers at St Mary’s Church

As well as being the beneficiary, Lunch Positive also prepared and served the well-received refreshments. And as per usual, all performers donated their time for free, which helped maximise the funds raised on the evening to a total of £3,133.04 which includes £281.59 from a bucket collection held by Lunch Positive’s volunteers.

Gary Pargeter
Gary Pargeter

Gary Pargeter, Lunch Positive Service Manager said: “Thank you to everyone who has supported Lunch Positive through the World AIDS Day Concert. It was a wonderful evening that held many moving and uplifting moments, and so fantastic to be part of an event where everyone is brought together. The funds raised for Lunch Positive, a grassroots charity, are so beneficial to our local HIV community. They will contribute towards the regular delivery of our ever busier lunch club, and towards the development of our emergency food provision to people experiencing financial disadvantage and crisis. From all of us, massive thanks.”