Manchester Pride, the most popular LGBT festival in northern England, has announced where it spent the £105,000 it raised last year.
The festival gave the cash to 45 good causes, who got between £500 (â‚¬625 $780) to £10,000 (â‚¬12,500 $15,600), with funding focussed on LGBT causes and HIV in the north west region.
Charity Barnado’s, got a grant to help its work with young people suffering with HIV and AIDS, and Manchester Parent’s Group, a voluntary organisation supporting families and friends of lesbians, gays and bisexuals, also got funding
People Like Us Stockport, a support group for LGBT people in the Stockport area, and Out In The City, a social group for LGBT people in central Manchester have also received donations.
‘Our unique 10 day festival, stages a huge variety of entertainment whilst also raising money for local LGBT causes,’ said Vicken Couligian, chairman of Manchester Pride. ‘At a time when community groups and charities are under huge financial pressures, we are delighted to be in a position to offer a helping hand to 44 and wish them all every success in the future.’
In addition to these donations, half of the money raised by Manchester Pride goes to two long term commitments, the Lesbian and Gay Foundation’s free condom scheme, and the George Trust’s HIV Welfare Fund. Both of whom received £24,500 (â‚¬30,600 $38,200) each.
Manchester Pride 2012 will take place from 17 to 27 August. All tickets including Early Bird discount tickets for the Big Weekend are now on sale at the Manchester Pride website.