Staff and volunteers zip across Brighton beach to raise £1600 for The Sussex Beacon

On Saturday 16th September a team from local charity The Sussex Beacon took on a 300 metre zip wire on Brighton beach, raising over £1600 to support people living with HIV.

At 300 metres long, The Brighton Zip is the longest zip wire on the South Coast. Sixteen staff, volunteers and supporters from The Sussex Beacon took on the challenge, aiming to raise as much money as possible for the charity.

Jason Warriner, Clinical Services Director at The Sussex Beacon said “Thanks go to the team for taking the plunge on the zip wire and for their fantastic efforts getting sponsorship. We had a real laugh and the money raised will go towards our vital work, supporting people living with HIV in Sussex. Everyone enjoyed it so much, it might become an annual event!”

The Sussex Beacon provides specialist support and care for people living with HIV through both inpatient and outpatient services. It helps hundreds of people living with HIV in Sussex each year and was rated ‘outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission in September.

Local businesses raise over £4,600 for The Sussex Beacon during Pride week

Money has been counted and local businesses raised over £4,600 for The Sussex Beacon during Pride week at the beginning of August. The total raised so far is £4675, with a few more donations still to be submitted.

A team from The Sussex Beacon joined the Pride Parade in an open top bus, taking the opportunity to thank local people for their support.

Some of the fundraising included:

  • A Disco Lovers Pride Street Party which raised £55
  • The Duke of York’s Picture House on Preston Road charged revellers £1 to use its toilets raising over £130
  • The Royal Bank of Scotland customer care centre raised £100 with more still to come
  • OS Barber Shop donated takings of over £430
  • The Railway Tavern raised over £250
  • The Amsterdam Bar & Kitchen raised £500 selling glittery Brighton Pride T-shirts in aid of the charity.
  • The Grosvenor raised approximately £95.
  • The Sussex Beacon’s shop on James Street raised over £3000.

Simon Dowe, Chief Executive of The Sussex Beacon said, “We are so grateful to all the fantastic organisations and individuals who raised money for The Sussex Beacon during Pride. What a generous lot! The donations will make a huge difference to our work, supporting people living with HIV across Sussex.”

The Sussex Beacon provides specialist support and care to over 500 people living with HIV a year, offering both inpatient and outpatient services to improve health and promote independence. Those using the charity’s services may be facing serious HIV related illnesses, dealing with mental health issues or struggling to cope with the side effects of new drug regimes. Recently rated ‘outstanding’ by the independent health regulator, The Sussex Beacon provides first class care and support to those in need.

Join us for The Sussex Beacon Summer Fete!

Come along to The Sussex Beacon Summer Fete!

For one day only on Saturday 9th September 11-4pm, we’re opening up our beautiful gardens to the public for a family fun day of games, live entertainment, prizes, delicious lunches, cakes and more to raise vital funds for the charity.

We have a whole host of exciting plans on the day including:

  • Children’s games
  • Live music from Keris Lea & David Raven
  • Bee keeping display
  • Whack-a-rat
  • Badge making
  • Raffle
  • Tombola
  • Coconut shy
  • Meet and greet Star Wars characters from UK Garrison
  • Open garden
  • Lunch, cream teas, cakes and drinks

The fete will be held at The Sussex Beacon, 10 Bevendean Road, Brighton, BN2 4DE. It’s free to enter and all ages are welcome.

Spread the word and bring your neighbours, friends and family!

Local businesses proud to support The Sussex Beacon

A number of businesses are raising money for local HIV charity The Sussex Beacon, in the run up to and during Brighton Pride this week. A team from The Sussex Beacon will be on an open top bus during the Pride parade, to thank local people for their support.

Some of the fundraising efforts going on across Brighton for The Sussex Beacon include:

  • A Disco Lovers Pride Street Party at Brighton Rocks Kemptown is raising money all weekend. A percentage of money raised from a special drink ‘the disco lovers drinkie’ will be donated, a glitter T-shirt stall will also raise funds, alongside a bucket collection.
  • The Royal Bank of Scotland customer care centre in Brighton is fundraising all week.
  • OS Barber Shop in George street, Kemptown, will be donating Friday’s takings.
  • The Sussex Yeoman pub is donating 10% of its brunch takings on Saturday.
  • The Railway Club is running a Pre-Pride fundraising party on Friday night.
  • The Duke of York’s Picture House on Preston Road has a unique way of raising money for The Sussex Beacon during Pride, it will be charging revellers £1 to use its toilets – £1 a pee!
  • The Amsterdam Bar & Kitchen is selling glittery Brighton Pride T-shirts in aid of the charity. T-shirts are £12.50 and they have samples at the bar for people to try before they buy.
  • Fundraising T-shirts are also available to buy from ‘The T Chest’ on Gardner Street.

The Sussex Beacon has had a difficult year, after funding cuts put services at risk. A campaign to #savethesussexbeacon was launched and local support has been incredible. This, alongside non-statutory grants and a restructure, has meant the charity has been able to keep its doors open. The organisation is now in the process of being adapted to become more sustainable and less reliant on NHS funding.

Simon Dowe, Chief Executive of The Sussex Beacon said, “Local businesses are really pulling out all the stops to support us this week and we’re so grateful. There are loads of ways to help us – buy a fundraising drink or T-shirt, drop a few coins in a bucket or even pay to go to the loo! The money raised ensures we can help those people with HIV who really need us in the year ahead. Thanks so much and have a fabulous Pride!”

The Sussex Beacon provides specialist support and care to over 500 people living with HIV a year, offering both inpatient and outpatient services to improve health and promote independence. Those using the charity’s services may be facing serious HIV related illnesses, dealing with mental health issues or struggling to cope with the side effects of new drug regimes. Recently rated ‘outstanding’ by the independent health regulator, The Sussex Beacon provides first class care and support to those in need. To find out more visit www.sussexbeacon.org.uk

WAGAMAMA CONTINUES TO MAKE IT RAIN(BOW) FOR THE LGBT+ COMMUNITY

Thursday 3rd August: Pan-Asian restaurant wagamama has extended its London campaign #makeitrainbow to celebrate Brighton & Hove Pride this weekend.

The day’s profits from wagamama bun sales (now selling an average of 1,000,000 yearly) will be donated to local charity, The Sussex Beacon, every time a rainbow is spotted in the sky above the seaside destination, from 4th August.

Rain falls an average of 115 days a year on the South Coast and wagamama is calling on the Brighton community to help spot rainbows to unlock the donation by tweeting a picture with the hashtag #makeitrainbow.

To ensure the charity benefits whatever the weather and in case we enjoy 365 days of sunshine on the South Coast (unlikely), wagamama is committed to donating a minimum of £2,500 to The Sussex Beacon, aiding its important work to support people living with HIV.

The Sussex Beacon is at the heart of Brighton’s LGBT+ community, providing specialist care and promoting independence for people living with HIV. wagamama has always internally championed inclusiveness, acceptance and diversity since its launch, its public facing ‘no clone’ hiring policy has always encouraged colleagues to embrace who they are without conforming to a stereotype.

Head of Marketing at wagamama, Andre Johnstone said: “wagamama has always supported its staff when it comes to Pride across the UK but we have wanted to do more publicly to support the LGBT+ community in previous years.

I’m pleased we can expand our support following the success of London Pride and make a wider commitment to the community outside the capital to throw our support behind those who struggle to be who they are.  We are who we are and we want you to just be you. What better way to ramp up our continued support and celebrate Pride than by backing a vitally important charity such as The Sussex Beacon.”

Sussex Beacon, Simon Dowe has said; “The Sussex Beacon has been at the heart of HIV support in the Brighton community since 1991 and we are proud to be associated with wagamama as they look to further embed themselves in Brighton.  Big brands normally support big causes and it’s a credit to wagamama to be a brand in the local area supporting local people.  Make sure to tag a rainbow folks.”

National Treasure, Michael Fish MBE said: “A rainbow is a beautiful meteorological phenomenon caused by light being refracted in water droplets. It is impossible to predict just how many will occur in a specific time period, but British weather being what it is makes the UK a great place to spot a rainbow. This Pride campaign really does prove the adage correct: there is a pot of gold at the end of each rainbow.”

Brighton + Hove Pride is a great platform for everyone in the local community to raise awareness of LGBT+ issues and campaign for the freedoms that will allow them to live their lives on a genuinely equal footing. This year hundreds of thousands of people will visit Brighton to support Pride and show unity in support of the LGBT+ community.

For more information and images please contact Sam Wilson at Talker Tailor sam@talkertailor.com

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