British celebrities help Stonewall raise cash to fight school bullies

Julian Clary, Russell Tovey, Gok Wan, Beverley Knight and Christian Jessen at charity’s annual summer party

British celebrities help Stonewall raise cash to fight school bullies
25 June 2012

More than 400 people attended Stonewall’s annual summer party at the Roof Gardens in London’s Kensington – helping to raise cash to help tackle homophobic bullying.

The event on 22 June pulled in £51,000 ($79,000 €63,500) for the charity’s Education for All campaign.

British celebrity TV doctor Christian Jessen, who hosted the evening, praised Stonewall in an emotional speech about the effects of homophobic bullying.

He said: ‘Over the years my admiration and respect for Stonewall and the work they do has gone nuclear.

‘Their campaign to fight homophobic bullying in schools strikes a chord with me. It’s shocking that homophobia is endemic in British schools – I find that extremely embarrassing. The work Stonewall do really does make a difference. It will help stamp it out.’

Other guests included singer Beverley Knight, actor Russell Tovey, comedian Julian Clary, newsreader Jane Hill and stylist Gok Wan.

After a raffle, drawn by Vincent Francois, Chair of Société Générale’s gay staff network, the Roof Gardens opened to the public for a gay-themed club night, Summer Party on the Roof, which included a spectacular fireworks display. Part of the proceeds from Summer Party on the Roof will abe donated to Stonewall.

Catherine Bosworth, Stonewall director of fundraising, said: ‘Thanks to our supporters at Société Générale every penny raised on Friday will help us make a real difference to thousands of lesbian, gay and bisexual young people around Britain.

‘This was our biggest ever Summer Party – and yet again, we’re overwhelmed by our individual supporters’ generosity.’

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