Disability Pride Brighton - the country’s biggest celebration for and by people with disabilities - is set to be even bigger when it returns on 14 July 2018 thanks to a £37,820 grant from People’s Health Trust – using money raised through The Health Lottery. The funding has been used to support disabled people to organise and deliver the event, ensuring that no-one is excluded from becoming actively involved.
Disability Pride Brighton is a celebration of the contribution disabled people make to community life and aims to promote inclusion and raise awareness for people with all disabilities – visible and invisible. There are a range of activities and performances by disabled people planned including live music, street food, arts and comedy in the heart of Brighton. Funding raised through The Health Lottery supports the volunteering and outreach programme to increase community involvement. This funding means the project can be inclusive and access needs can be met to reduce barriers, enabling an open-minded space that allows everyone to interact, learn from, and understand one another.
Disability Pride Brighton Founder, Jenny Skelton, said: “I started Disability Pride Brighton after my daughter was the victim of disability discrimination. I don’t want others to have to experience this and so we created this all-inclusive event aimed at tackling the issue and empowering disabled people. Thanks to money raised through The Health Lottery in the south east, we’ve been able to invite even more people to join our movement”
Committee Member, Naomi, said: "It is because of Disability Pride that I am able to be happy in my own body as a disabled person. It is because of Disability Pride and being part of the Committee that I am able to help speak for those disabled people who may be non-verbal or may not feel comfortable yet to speak for themselves. I feel like because of Disability Pride, I am able to have a place in society which can radically make changes to how disabled people are seen, not just in Brighton but all over the UK."
Chris Lunn, The Health Lottery in the South East spokesperson said: “The funds raised through the Health Lottery in the south east are changing and improving lives. It was clear that supporting Disability Pride Brighton to grow would have a great benefit to the community. To date, over £100 million has been raised through The Health Lotteries for good causes across Great Britain and we hope to make even more for good causes when Health Lottery South East opens on 29 July 2018.”
Health Lottery South East is benefitting from Health Lottery tickets sold from 29 July to 31 August 2018. You can buy Health Lottery tickets in advance from 10 July 2018 online www.healthlottery.co.uk or from more than 32,000 local retailers including the Post Office, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, ASDA, Morrisons and WH Smith. From 29th July, for every £1 entry into a weekly lottery draw the player is automatically gets an entry into one of our monthly mega raffles with a guaranteed prize of £250,000.