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Manchester Pride yesterday published the figures for their annual fundraising efforts for charitable causes. The pot of money, which is distributed among LGBT and HIV charities in the Greater Manchester region, more than doubled last year’s total of £54,000 – with £137,000 raised. This figure has been topped up by £9,000 in unclaimed grants from 2014, taking the actual total to £146,000.
2015 marked a noticeable increase in charitable activities and fundraisers for the charity which, in previous years, had seen the pot available for good causes fall, until renewed efforts to expand fundraising reversed this trend in 2014.
CEO for Manchester Pride Mark Fletcher said, ‘We are very proud to be making this announcement today. Last year we took the first steps in a new direction for the charity to increase our fund-raising capacity and cement our position at the heart of the LGBT communities. The continuation of our cost management strategy and and overall increase in income meant that we have raised our highest charitable donation in the history of Manchester Pride.
‘The team have worked incredibly hard to make 2016 such a successful year and to be able to donate £146k to LGBT and HIV causes makes it all worthwhile. I’d like to thank Texas, Dannii, Ian Mckellen and all of our other performers and partners without whom we could not have made this happen. We had a record attendance at the Manchester Pride Parade and tickets sold out throughout the Big Weekend.
‘Our focus is now on the implementation of the strategies for the years ahead. Planning for the 2016 festival will begin in January once we have held our next series of Listening Groups.’
For more information about Manchester Pride, visit ManchesterPride.com.