Posted: Wednesday 23 May 2018, 14:39
A total of £139.90 which was raised during an LGBT+ Role Models Conference back in February 2018 has recently been presented to local charity, Derbyshire LGBT+. Derbyshire LGBT+ is a support and advocacy service for LGBT+ people, their supporters and allies and on Friday 18 May, partners from across Derbyshire, including Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service (DFRS), Derbyshire Constabulary, Derbyshire County Council, Derbyshire Community Healthcare Services NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Derby, joined to present the cheque for £139.90.
Ryan Whittington and Ian Robson from Derbyshire LGBT+ helped with the organisation and delivery of February’s Conference and all partner agencies decided to help raise money for them to contribute towards funding new activities over the coming year.
Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service Area Manager Philip Mitchell and Derbyshire Constabulary PC Fred Bray presented the cheque to Derbyshire LGBT+ on behalf of the partners.
Area Manager Philip Mitchell said: “The LGBT+ Role Models Conference was a huge success and highlighted some of the challenges faced for individuals from the LGBT+ community I am delighted to have presented this cheque to Derbyshire LGBT+ which will hopefully contribute to developing services in response to the evolving needs of our diverse communities”.
PC Fred Bray said: “Without charities such as Derbyshire LGBT+ it would be much harder for us to help our communities, especially in tackling hate crime. They do vital work in offering a variety of services across the county, including social support groups and sexual health outreach. We are thrilled to be able to continue to support them and the work that they do”.
Ryan Whittington, Manager of Derbyshire LGBT+ said: “Derbyshire LGBT+ are incredibly grateful for the money raised. It will help us continue our vital work across the county. The cheque handover came the day after IDAHOBIT, which is such an important day amongst the LGBT+ communities for raising awareness and highlighting the challenges we face”.
Pictured L-R: DFRS Area Manager Philip Mitchell, Derbyshire LGBT+ Manager Ryan Whittington and Derbyshire Constabulary PC Fred Bray.