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Brighton Bear Christmas parties raise £701.94 for The Rainbow Fund

Besi Besemar December 18, 2018

Brighton Bear’s returned to B’e’ar Broadway for another Bear-a-oke Christmas Party on December 8, hosted by the talented Jon B and Candi Rell.

THE fun-filled night saw young, old and even some bar staff take to the stage to belt out their favourite karaoke classics.

The total raised on the night was £330.94 which included a generous donation from Michael McGarrigle the joint owner of Bar Broadway.

The party continued late into the night next door at Subline at Jingle Bears where everyone tucked into mince pies and vodka jellies.

The total raised at Subline was £370 bringing the total raised by Brighton Bear Weekend for the Rainbow Fund to £701.94.

The Rainbow Fund give grants to local LGBT/HIV organisations who deliver effective front line services to LGBT+ people in the city.

Graham Munday
Graham Munday

Graham Munday, Chair of Brighton Bear Weekend said: “It really feels like Christmas is starting when we have our Very Beary Christmas Weekend with Bear-Patrol.  The Bear-a-oke had a really good atmosphere and the party continued into the wee hours in Subline. Thank you to all who came down to support us. It was good to meet so many people.  

“I must thank Michael and all the staff at Bar Broadway, especially the singing ones, for all the hard work of keeping everyone’s glasses filled. Thanks to Steve Lee and the guys down at Subline who helped even Father Christmas to have a good night.

“I think it is great when the community works together. It achieves much more. With that in mind, thank you to Danny Dwyer, Bear-Patrol and the Camelford Arms for the Sunday part of the weekend which raised £808.24 bringing the total raised for The Rainbow Fund from ‘A Very Beary Christmas Weekend’ to £1,503.18.

Bear-a-oke Christmas Party at Bar Broadway

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The Rainbow Fund give grants to local LGBT/HIV groups who deliver effective front line services to LGBT+ people in Brighton and Hove.

In the most recent grants round in October, 2018, local groups received grants totalling £146,481 from the Fund.

These groups included: Brighton & Hove Sea Serpents, Rainbow Families, My Genderation, MenTalkHealth, Peer Action, Older and Out, Longhill School LGBTU group, Marlborough CIC QTIPOC project, Sussex Beacon, The Rainbow Chorus, Lunch Positive, MindOut, Clare Project, Switchboard, Allsort Youth Project, The Brighton and Hove LGBT Community Safety Forum.

Jingle Bears at Subline

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