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Great news from Village Licensed Business Association

Great news from Village Licensed Business Association

October 2023

After two years of your generous donations, LGBT Foundation, George House Trust and the Village Licensed Business Association are thrilled to share the news that the VLBA Target 100K Fundraiser has achieved its £100,000 goal.

Donations are shared between LGBT Foundation and George House Trust, and they have helped to continue LGBT Foundation’s Condom and Lube Distribution Service throughout Manchester’s Gay Village. In 2022/23, LGBT Foundation distributed a whopping 63,000 free Safer Sex Packs to LGBTQ+ people across 33 venues.

Thanks to Target £100K, George House Trust was able to continue to provide wellbeing support through the Welfare Fund so that people could live healthily and confidently with HIV.

Donations also support local LGBTQ+ organisations and community groups, through the Greater Manchester LGBTQ+ Community Fund, to develop creative projects, events and initiatives that have a clear positive impact on LGBTQ+ communities and people living well with HIV. The Community Fund was set up in 2021 by the Village Licensed Business Association to help continue vital funding into sexual health and HIV support for local LGBTQ+ communities.

Councillor Phil Burke, Chair of the Village Licensed Business Association, said:

"Two years of your incredible support and donations have brought us to this amazing moment. The VLBA Target £100K Fundraiser's success reminds us how important it is to help charities like LGBT Foundation and George House Trust, which provide crucial health and wellbeing and HIV support to LGBTQ+ communities.”

“This achievement shows how powerful it can be when we come together to do something wonderful for LGBTQ+ communities. Your donations have not only supported on-going programmes but have also made it possible for new projects and initiatives that benefit LGBTQ+ communities and people living well with HIV.”

Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, for helping us make a significant impact in the lives of those who need it most. "

LGBT Foundation and George House Trust can’t thank the VLBA enough for their continued support for LGBTQ+ people and people living with HIV and would also like to thank them for the donations and all the individuals and other supporter organisations that contributed to the ‘Target £100k’ campaign.

These donations have been the bedrock of life-saving work and will continue to nurture queer hope and joy in the future.

For more information about LGBT Foundation visit lgbt.foundation, for more information about George House Trust visit ght.org.uk.

Published: 29-Sep-2023: (7262)

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