LGBT community fundraising and social networking group Bear-Patrol, were honoured this Saturday with the highest award that is given out in the United Kingdom to voluntary groups, The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.
Founded in May 2008 by Danny Dwyer, Bear-Patrol has raised tens of thousands of pounds for The Sussex Beacon alone. From the start of 2011 to the end of 2014 they raised £88,847.26 for causes in Brighton including: The Sussex Beacon, The Rainbow Fund, Macmillan Cancer Research, and Brighton Pride.
Over the years Bear-Patrol has organised many fundraising events, including: entering a team every year into the Vitality Brighton Half Marathon, which is organised by The Sussex Beacon; their annual Hibernation Luncheon, complete with a four-course lunch, live cabaret, a charity raffle and auction; a yearly bring and buy sale, which this year will be held at The Queens Arms on Saturday the 19th of September; and group skydives.
The money raised by Bear-Patrol has gone towards many different projects within The Sussex Beacon centre, including: replacing our ancient fridge and freezer, enabling our kitchen staff to provide high quality nutritious food for our inpatients; replacing out garden pond’s liner and rescuing the central feature of our beautiful, relaxing garden; supporting the refurbishment of our inpatient unit by helping us to replace fire doors and upgrade corridor flooring and redecoration; and the upcoming refurbishment of our reception area, which will create a more welcoming, inviting space with an improved work area for our reception volunteers.
The Sussex Beacon would like to congratulate Bear-Patrol on their well-deserved award, and thank them once again for all of the hard work that they have put in over the years, raising for us the funds that we need to provide our vital services to the community. We wish Bear-Patrol all the best in the future, and hope that they will continue to keep up the brilliant work that they have undertaken in the past, both in building links within the LGBT community, and in fundraising for charitable causes.