Funds from the Police Property Act Fund (PPAF) have been used to support a campaign which tackles homophobia in football.
Sussex Police’s Diversity Team received a grant of £300 from the PPAF for merchandise including t-shirts, banners and postcards, for the Justin Campaign.
The campaign was formed after the tragic suicide of Justin Fashanu in 1998. It actively campaignes to challenge stereotypes and misconceptions about the LGBT community and works towards a future where LGBT people in football are both accepted and celebrated.
Brighton and Hove Police’s LGBT team have strong links with the Justin Campaign and have done work alongside them including entering a team into an anti-homophobia charity football tournament.
Megan Worthing-Davies from the Justin Campaign said:
“The aim of the merchandise is to get the message out to people that homophobia in football is an issue and that it needs to be tackled so that football is inclusive for everyone. The merchandise is also really important for us as a way to promote the campaign and get more volunteers involved. We use the merchandise at our events such as Brighton People’s day and World Pride in London.”
Paul Windsor, the financial director, said:
“Every bit of money we get helps take the campaign and the message out to more people.”
The PPAF is made up of monies received by the police from property confiscated by order of the court and then sold.
Pictured (by Geoff Foster – Diversity Officer – Sussex Police) is Paul Windsor from the Justin Campaign being presented with a cheque by Deputy Chief Constable Giles York