Manchester Pride festival will continue supporting HIV charity, George House Trust.
The ten-day festival celebrating lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender lifestyles will once again donate a large percentage of its earnings from ticket sales and parade entries to the North West-based charity.
George House Trust provides a welfare fund for anyone living in the area who is HIV positive and in financial hardship.
The money can help with the cost of basic items such as food or bedding and also contribute towards electricity and water bills.
In 2008/2009 the charity made payments to 699 people living in the North West.
Lynda Shentall, Director of Services at George House Trust, said she was grateful for the donations Manchester Pride has given in previous years.
“George House Trust values enormously the financial support that it receives from Manchester Pride.
“All of the money we receive goes into our welfare fund and is, in turn, given directly to people living with HIV across the North West of England.
“The fund is an essential part of George House Trust and without the money from Manchester Pride, we would not be able to deliver this important service," she said.
This year, George House Trust are also appealing for people to join their entry to the festival’s Pride Parade, which takes the theme of ‘Queer’d Science’ in honour of gay Manchester mathematician, Alan Turning.
The Parade will run on August 25 and see over 90 entries from various charities, venues and political groups.
Volunteers for the George House Trust entry will help with face to face fundraising during the parade and around the city centre.
Thousands of people from all over the world come to Canal Street for Manchester Pride festival every year and excitement has already been building.
Twitter user matchu87 posted: “OMG three weeks till Manchester Pride. BRING IT ON!” and Sharon Irvine took to Manchester Pride’s Facebook page to express her enthusiasm for the announcement of this year’s event headliners, Steps.
She tweeted: “This is awesome news, can't wait! Bought my weekend ticket last week already. It’s not just about who's playing but also the atmosphere and supporting the scene.”
Manchester Pride will take place From August 17-20.
For more information and ticket sales, visit http://www.manchesterpride.com
If you’d like to be involved with George House Trust’s Pride Parade entry or need more information about the charity, visit http://ivo.org/georgehousetrust/opportunities/join-george-house-trust-at-manchester-pride-2012