Lotto funding gives Grampian Pride event £10,000 cash boost

Deejay Bullock, of Four Pillars.

An LGBT charity has been awarded £10,000 to support the upcoming Grampian Pride event.

Aberdeen-based Four Pillars, which provides support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in the North-east, received the money from the Awards for All Fund, run by National Lottery.

The charity is one of the founding partners of the new Grampian Pride event, alongside Grampian Regional Equality Council (GREC) and Pink Saltire.

The cash will go towards supporting the event – which will cost around £50,000 to run.

Grampian Pride, which will take place on May 26, will include a parade along Union Street, as well as a Pride Village held at the Links, beside Aberdeen Beach.

Deejay Bullock, founder of Four Pillars, said: “We were awarded the money probably about two weeks ago. It’s making it seem a bit more possible now, every single bit of funding helps.”

Raising £50,000 for the event is a tough job, but organisers are already half way to their target.

Deejay added: “We are thrilled to have received this support. By securing funding, such as that from the National Lottery, we are able to ensure that participation in pride activities are free and open to all, including a free parade and free entertainment.”

It will be the first time an LGBT parade has been held in the city, with the last Pride event being held more than six years ago.

Hollyoaks actress Annie Wallace, who plays head teacher Sally St Claire in the soap and was the first transgender actress to be nominated for a Scottish Bafta, will be leading the parade along Union Street.

Sandi Thom has also been announced as a headliner at the Pride Village.

Organisers said 1,000 advance tickets have already sold out, however more will become available.

Entry to the parade is free, with members of the public asked to register for a ticket to help organisers gauge numbers for safety. Tickets will also offer exclusive discounts for local businesses on the day, and will give entry into the Pride Village. You can sign up at www.grampianpride.org/tickets

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