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New faces on the Brighton Bear committee

Besi Besemar December 21, 2016

web-600-4Brighton Bear who organise the popular Brighton Bear Weekend in June, as well as events throughout the year, have two new committee members.

Chris Cooke and Oli Halliwell will bring their respective areas of expertise to the committee to raise money for the Rainbow Fund who give grants to LGBT+ organisations that provide front line services to LGBT+ people in the city.

Chris Cook
Chris Cook

Chris Cooke said: “I am delighted to be asked to join the Brighton Bear Committee who do such a great job at raising valuable money for the Rainbow Fund as well as bringing additional visitors into the city and showing them what Gay Brighton has to offer. I am looking forward to making 2017 an even bigger event raising even more money than last year.”

Oli Halliwell
Oli Halliwell

Oli Halliwell added: “I’m massively excited to join the Brighton Bear Organising Committee. Our group raises money for the Rainbow Fund, and in September I was fortunate enough to attend a Rainbow Fund event to see the grants being given out to various LGBT+/HIV community groups in Brighton & Hove. It was humbling to see that hundreds of people across our amazing city work so hard to help improve the lives of people in our community.”

“So behind the scenes, we are focusing our efforts to ensure that the Brighton Bear Weekend in June 2017 is going to be our biggest and most successful event to date. Roll on June 15 and please remember to make a note in your diary so you don’t miss out.”

Photo by Jack Lynn and Adrian Halliwell