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Bear-Patrol raise £5,000 for Sussex Beacon

Besi Besemar October 30, 2016

Bear-Patrol the LGBT community social/leisure networking group raised £5,000 at their annual community lunch on Sunday, October 23 at the Old Ship Hotel on Brighton seafront.


Due to problems with the ceiling in the Paganini Ballroom, at the last-minute the event had to be moved downstairs at the hotel into the smaller Steak On Sea Restaurant. However, the restaurant’s intimate atmosphere added to everyone’s enjoyment and the Old Ship Hotel donated £750 to compensate for any inconvenience caused.

Mysterry, complete with four costume changes, hosted the afternoon’s proceedings with style, introducing a stellar line-up of entertainment that included the fine singing voice of Kara van Park; the classy, jazz chanteuse and musical director of the Rainbow Chorus, Aneesa Chaudhry; Krissie de Cann, who had everyone up dancing; Jennie Castell whose vocal gymnastics were right on the money; and the legend that is David Raven.

Danny Dwyer of Bear-Patrol said: “Many thanks to everyone who provided prizes for the raffle, to Carole Todd for operating the follow spot to Chris Sarson from Co-op Funeral Care who donate three hampers to Mandy from Fabricate Decor who dressed the restaurant and to Dan Hale the Toastmaster.”

Bear-Patrol was founded in May 2008 by Danny Dwyer. The group was set up to enable ‘people’ to come together and become part of a social community network, enabling them to meet friends and new people in a ‘happy’ environment free from attitude and social stigma. The group continues to strive forwards organising social and challenge events, gatherings, day trips, weekend breaks and fundraising opportunities for everyone to enjoy and they welcome all members who are keen and enthusiastic about becoming part of a community social network.

Since its inception Bear-Patrol have raised more than £160,000 for local good causes including Sussex Beacon, Rainbow Fund and Sussex Cancer Fund.

Photographer Nick Ford was present all day taking photographs of the event. Nick will donate all profits to Bear-Patrol’s final fundraising total,  from photos bought from his website.

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