Disability Pride Brighton draws 3,000-strong crowd!
The third annual Disability Pride Brighton event was a smash hit, with more than 3,000 people attending in July 2019! The event is organised to raise awareness of the diversity and value of disabled people, whether they have visible or invisible conditions. The event’s volunteering programme, which allows more people to get involved, was funded through Health Lottery South East.
Beginning with a short parade along the promenade, carnival band United Rhythm led the way with over 80% disabled members. Throughout the day, there was live music, acts, performances and speeches from disabled people – including Chair of Disability Pride Jenny Skelton.
Jenny, who also has three adopted children with disabilities, told us that one of her children has suffered disability discrimination – which led to her idea for the event. “We want to celebrate our identities and feel less isolated in the city, as well as engage with non-disabled people,” she said. “All the hard work paid off. We had so many comments from people about what a wonderful day they had. That is why we do it.”
Disability Pride Brighton was the first Disability Pride event in England, holding its inaugural event in 2017. Local MP Peter Kyle commented that it was “a chance for the disability community to come together, to celebrate and socialise. It really shows what a few caring but passionate people can achieve.”
The Health Lottery is raising funds to support similarly worthy causes throughout the South East of England in August 2019. To date, over £111 million has been raised for good causes through The Health Lottery with the support of community members who play charity lottery.
The charitable work was carried out as a result of funds raised by charitable gambling organisations – spearheading campaigns across Great Britain, and raising crucial funds for many community-driven projects.