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Brighton Pride give refugees free tickets for new LoveBN1Fest

Besi Besemar August 3, 2018

Brighton Pride supports Hummingbird Project for refugee families and their carers

PRIDE organisers donate one hundred tickets for refugee families to attend the LoveBN1Fest on Sunday, August 5.

Brighton Pride, a Pride with purpose, and cornerstone of the Brighton & Hove Pride Festival, celebrates the varied LGBT+ communities in Brighton and Hove by enabling people to celebrate Pride who might otherwise be unable to.

This year, Pride gave 100 tickets for the LoveBN1Fest to the Hummingbird Project for refugee families and their carers. The new Sunday festival, LoveBN1Fest, celebrates everything Brighton & Hove bringing all communities and rainbow families together for an afternoon of fun on Preston Park.

Elaine Ortiz, founder of the Hummingbird Project, said: “Huge thank you to Pride for giving our charity 100 free tickets for the family friendly event on Sunday. We work with young refugees, their families and carers and they have now benefited from the free passes. I have also distributed tickets with other partner refugee organisations that work directly with young people and adults. The people who received these tickets would likely not have been able to participate in the day without this. Everyone is very excited to take part in celebrating Pride with our beautiful city.

“I really hope that the Refugees Welcome Movement will follow the footsteps of the LGBT movement and achieve making significant changes in order to give protection and human rights to those fleeing war and oppression. I hope in the future we will be seeing hundreds of thousands of people standing shoulder to shoulder with Refugees celebrating having achieved this, together.”

To thank the hardworking blue light services, Pride have also provided discounted tickets to the Sussex and Surrey Police, East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, and the South East Coast Ambulance Service.

Chief Inspector Katy Woolford
Chief Inspector Katy Woolford

Chief Inspector Katy Woolford of Sussex and Surrey Police said: “As a thank you from Brighton & Hove Pride, all emergency services, including Sussex and Surrey Police, have been issued with half price discounted ticket to say thank you for supporting Pride and keeping people coming to the city safe.”

Brighton & Hove Pride has raised over £455,000 for community good causes in the past five years, thanks to the support of businesses, sponsors and the many thousands of people who purchase tickets for the Pride Festival and other events.