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TV stars help older LGBT+ people charity celebrate first birthday

Graham Robson July 13, 2017

Dan Clark-Neal
Dan Clark-Neal

ITV’s This Morning star Dan Clark-Neal to help LGBT+ charity celebrate its first birthday in style.

TV stars, including Dan Clark-Neal and broadcaster, Simon Fanshawe, will help LGBT+ charity Opening Doors London (ODL) celebrate its first birthday at the event 1 Night, 12 Months and 50 Years, which also marks 50 years since the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales, on Friday, July 21.

ODL is the UK’s largest provider of support for older LGBT+ people, helping to provide social opportunities and advice for those aged 50 and above.

The bash, with celebrity guests, an auction and live performances, is being held in partnership with NBC Universal at their Skyline rooftop venue.

Dan Clark-Neal said: “I’m very excited about the night – it’s going to be a lot of fun, but will also hopefully raise a lot of money for this really important charity, which does crucial work for older LGBT+ people.”

Simon Fanshawe
Simon Fanshawe

Simon Fanshawe added: “As my crow’s feet grow and my prescriptions become free. I am only too aware of how we all get older. For many people this can mean greater isolation, often more so for LGBT+ people. ODL’s work is so important in keeping gay people in touch with their world, friends and the support they need from an understanding organisation. I’m really happy to be involved!”

ODL Director Alice Wallace concluded: “Our first birthday as a charity is a really good reason to throw a party. Opening Doors London has supported thousands of older LGBT+ people in so many ways, and we’re proud of the progress we’ve made. Also the fact that the UK has enjoyed 50 years of gay freedom is another milestone to celebrate. A night like this would have been unthinkable 50 years ago.

“We’re also really grateful to NBC Universal for hosting the evening, and for opening up their fabulous rooftop venue for us – so let’s make it a night to remember!”

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