Team attend International Day of Hope and Remembrance Vigil

On Saturday 15th October representatives from The Sussex Beacon attended the International Day of Hope and Remembrance solidarity vigil in Brighton. The event took place at the Old Steine Fountain and was part of National Hate Crime Awareness Week.


The first International Day of Hope and Remembrance was launched at the London Vigil Against Hate Crime which took place in 2009 following the death of Ian Baynham, who was homophobically abused and beaten in London.


Over the past seven years, the third Saturday in October has been established as a day when people around the globe organise solidarity vigils and events to show support to those who have been affected by hate crime.


Simon Dowe, Chief Executive of The Sussex Beacon said “This vigil gives us an opportunity to remember those around the World who have been affected by homophobia or hate crime. It also allows us to raise awareness of the issue, which doesn’t always get the publicity it deserves. It was encouraging to see such a big group of people attending this moving event.”


The Brighton & Hove Solidarity Vigil was organised by the Brighton & Hove Community Safety Forum.

Autumn Leaves’ Fete raises over £1,300 for The Sussex Beacon

On Saturday 24th September, The Sussex Beacon held an ‘Autumn Leaves’ fete raising over £1,300 for the charity.

The Mayor and Mayoress of Brighton and Hove joined other dignitaries, supporters, families and staff at the event, held in the garden of the Beacon, on Bevendean Road, Brighton.

There was entertainment throughout the day and traditional stalls including a coconut shy, hook a duck, a tombola and a raffle. A new summerhouse funded through supporter Danny Dwyer’s generous request for donations rather than presents for his 41st birthday and a kind donation from Brighton and Hove Sea Serpents, a rugby team for gay and bisexual men.

Simon Dowe, Chief Executive of The Sussex Beacon said, “The fete was fantastic! The sun was shining and we had an excellent turnout. I’d like to thank the Mayor and Mayoress, everyone who helped to organise the event and all those who attended and dug deep to support us on the day. The funds raised will go directly to helping people living with HIV in Sussex.”

The ‘Autumn Leaves’ fete was kindly supported by E3 entertainment agency and production company.