This years Brighton Pride saw a record number of people visit the city to attend the biggest Pride yet. Some 300,000 revellers came and celebrated the poignant Pride 'Summer of Love' festival in Preston Park which marked 50 years since the decriminalisation of homosexuality.
Over 20 dedicated Samaritans volunteers were available in the park throughout the day, raising awareness about who we are and what we do. We were humbled to chat to so many individuals who had used our service and, even though we weren't officially fundraising, people were so generous in giving donations. With Brighton being such a diverse city, Pride is a particularly important event for BHD Samaritans. We want people to know that if they're struggling we're here for them - we will always be here for the LGBTQ community.
With visitors from all over the country we also wanted to get the message out there that Samaritans is available to everyone, everywhere, all of the time.
Thank you to everyone who joined us in the park and to those who supported us including BHD Samaritans External Deputy Director Lisa Rodrigues who coordinated the event, Samaritans Design team at Central Office who assisted with the Samaritans branded digital banners and the Digital Marketing team who supported the event with tweets, retweets and posts.