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Entertainers raise £4,207 for LGBT+ community safety initiatives

Besi Besemar October 26, 2017

Dine With The Stars raises £4,207 for The Brighton & Hove LGBT Community Safety Forum (B&H LGBT CSF).

Barry Nelson and Davina Sparkle present cheque to Gavin Kerruish from LGBT Community Safety Forum for £4,207.
Barry Nelson and Davina Sparkle present cheque to Gavin Kerruish from LGBT Community Safety Forum for £4,207.

Now in its sixth year, Dine with the Stars, the brainchild of ‘Baz’ Barry Nelson (formerly of Queens Hotel, Queens Arms and now the Burgershack at Bar Revenge) returned to the Jurys Inn Waterfront Hotel in Brighton on Thursday, October 12 for a spectacular evening of food, entertainment, dance and fundraising.

All profits from the evening went to the Brighton & Hove LGBT Community Safety Forum, a volunteer led Community Non Profit Organisation who among the many services they provide, make Pride in Brighton & Hove accessible for all people with disabilities.

The evening consisted of a sumptuous three course dinner with performances by Lola Lasagne, Dave Lynn, Kara Van Park, Maisie Trollette, Sally Vate, Spice and Poola May, along with top vocalists Jason Lee, Gabriella Parrish, Krissie DuCann, Jennie Castell and was hosted by Davina Sparkle.

Tickets for the evening were just £29 per person. £12 from each ticket went directly to the B&H LGBT CSP totalling £2,412. A further £1,195 was raised by the raffle with another £600 in the auction raising an amazing £4,207.

Davina Sparkle
Davina Sparkle

Joint organiser, David Pollikett, aka Davina Sparkle, said: “We have all been very disturbed at some recent high profile hate crimes, especially in our wonderful City. It’s more important than ever to report these crimes, and to have a support network for people affected by them. Brighton is a wonderful, eclectic mix of people and to keep our brilliant ‘LGBT Capital’ title, we need to support each other and our wonderful support groups like the B&H LGBT Community Safety Forum.”

AJ Paterson
AJ Paterson

AJ Paterson from the Brighton & Hove LGBT Community Safety Forum, added: “We are overwhelmed by the kindness and support given by the performers, hotel staff and everyone who donated prizes. Those attending were so generous taking part in the raffle and auction on top of purchasing their entry tickets. We really are very grateful. The money will be put to good use delivering our projects in and around Brighton & Hove”

The Brighton and Hove LGBT Community Safety Forum currently work on issues of Community Safety, Personal Safety, LGBT homelessness, Hate Crime, Domestic Abuse, Disability Awareness/Access and Workplace Discrimination Advocacy.

They are also instrumental in the planning and delivery of Access for more than 700 people with disabilities at Brighton Pride, Disability Pride, The B&H Anti Hate Crime Vigil, International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia & Transphobia and the B.Right.On Festival celebrating LGBT History Month every February.

They also support the delivery of The Brighton & Hove World AIDS Day Vigil on December 1 and The Brighton Bear Weekend Picnic every June.

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