We have dedicated patrons who support our work and help us spread the word about what we do.
As a designer, artist, and educator, Ben Copperwheat produces wearable art clothing, fine art, interior pieces, and provides creative print textile design and direction to some of the top brands worldwide. Ben has created textile collections and brand direction for Gucci, Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Peter Som, Edun, Pret A Surf, Victorinox Swiss Army, Stephen Burrows, 3.1 Phillip Lim, DKNY, and Daryl K, his work is commissioned by personalities and organizations like Beyoncé and Blue Ivy, Boy George, Liza Minnelli, Pat Cleveland, Isabella Blow, and David Collins Studio. In 2016, Ben joined the Art/Fashion group of artists founded and curated by the New York City, legendary stylist, Patricia Field. Ben Copperwheat graduated with an MA Printed Textiles from the Royal College of Art in 2001 and lives and works in New York City since 2003. Ben became a patron of The Proud Trust in September 2017, following a talk and workshop with young people and supporters of the trust.
Warren Smith JP, HM Lord-Lieutenant of Greater Manchester is a retired property developer, who has a substantial background in the voluntary and charitable sector. He was Chairman of Turning Point, the substance abuse and mental health charity 1995 to 1998 and has chaired a number of public projects in Greater Manchester including the Bridgewater Hall, and Urbis. He is the Honorary Colonel of Greater Manchester Army Cadet Force, President of Greater Manchester Air Training Corps and President of Greater Manchester West Scouts . He is a Patron of the charity Reclaim. He is the founder Chairman of Youth United, Greater Manchester, a combined youth organisation with over 40,000 members, and he has supported the Children’s Society with a number of initiatives throughout Greater Manchester, relating to child protection and safeguarding. He has a profound belief in the contribution young people make to society and to encouraging greater recognition for this contribution.
Executive Director and Co-Founder of UK Black Pride
Pura Ariza has been a lifetime campaigner for LGBT rights, starting out in campaign groups fighting Clause 28. She was one of the organisers of the first Liverpool LGBT Prides in the 1990s and later moved into trade union work. She is currently a member of the UCU (University and College Union) LGBT Members’ Standing Committee and delegate to the NW TUC LGBT Forum. In her work as an Education lecturer she has taught and written about promoting equality in schools.
“I am honoured and delighted to be a patron of The Proud Trust. In my own lifetime, we have seen changes to LGBT lives which we never would have thought possible, and it’s important to remember that we won these through our own campaigning and activity. I am so pleased to be involved with the next generation of LGBT campaigners who are continuing the fight for equality and liberation. We have a world to win!”
Claire Mooney is a singer/songwriter who also runs workshops, accepts songwriting commissions and broadcasts on a variety of radio shows. As a well known mover and shaker amongst the North West’s LGBT scene, we are delighted to have Claire as our Patron. Her songs are passionate, playful and above all politically motivated which makes her an ideal supporter for The Proud Trust.
Claire says “I was proud and pleased when I was asked to be a Patron for The Proud Trust. It’s a phenomenal organisation. I haven’t attended an event yet that hasn’t been uplifting and inspirational. It’s a privilege to support the great work they do, both workers and young people alike”.
Claire also co-hosts the LGBT ALLOUT Radio Show on ALLFM so tune in to keep up-to-date with all things LGBT in the area.
For more info about Claire please visit www.clairemooney.co.uk
Alicya Eyo has a long-standing acting career under her belt, and this lovable Liverpudlian is now supporting a North West charity for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans young people.
Alicya says: “I’m totally honoured to have this association with The Proud Trust. Coming from the North West myself, being a lesbian, I’m thrilled to see organisations such as this. The Proud Trust is doing, and has been doing, some incredible work with our young people which I think is vital in terms of developing confidence, identity and a sense of place in this crazy world! I’m looking forward to meeting everyone involved and doing as much as I can to support them.”
“LGBT youth still face tremendous barriers, prejudice, fear and unequal treatment. It is crucial that we work together to give this generation of young people the confidence to continue the battle for full rights and recognition (not simply being forced to accept mere tolerance) is crucial if we want liberation for the generations to follow.”