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Time to Be Proud - LGBT+ Pride Fundraising Campaign

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What Can You Do In An Hour?

  • With one hour, The Proud Trust can support a young person who needs advice about coming out to their friends, via its digital live chat service, Proud Connections.
  • Two hours a week at one of its youth groups can give a young person a space to be their true self, without judgment, for the first time.
  • One hour a month with a Proud Mentor can help support a young person to take the first steps towards their dream career.

Every young person should have the chance to find their community, feel supported and to be proud of who they are. Research shows that this can be tougher for LGBT+ young people, but the good news is that with the right help, we can change that for the better. At The Proud Trust, we know that every hour of support we deliver can make a huge difference in young people’s lives, and that’s where you come in!

We want you to be part of the TIME TO BE PROUD charity campaign, helping us to fund 1,500 hours of support for LGBT+ young people this Pride season.

Make Your Donation

No matter what you donate, it will help us towards our target of funding 1,500 hours of support for LGBT+ young people this Pride season. However, if you want a target to work towards, here’s an idea of how far your charity donation will go.

  • £52 funds an hour of one-to-one support, working with a young person to help them feel better equipped to deal with life’s challenges.
  • £208 funds a month of youth group sessions, where a young person can make new friends and build their confidence.
  • £624 funds 12 sessions for a young person to meet with an LGBT+ mentor, who provides a safe and supportive space to speak openly about their thoughts, feelings and situation without judgment.

Scroll down for ideas of how to raise money for the TIME TO BE PROUD campaign!

Fundraising Ideas

Not sure where to start? We’ve rounded up some of our favourite fundraising ideas to help you get going, from quick wins to big projects! Every little bit of help really goes a long way in helping the charity’s work, so thank you to all of our amazing supporters for everything you do.

Time to Fundraise!

The theme of the TIME TO BE PROUD campaign is – you guessed it – time! So why not take that as your inspiration for a timed challenge? Here are just a few examples.

  • Timed sponsorships: Get your friends to sponsor you to crochet as many rows of a blanket as you can or run as far as you can in one hour.
  • Bake-off bake sale: Bake as many cakes as you can in an hour and sell them at a charity bake sale.
  • Penny-per-minute Pledge: Pledge to donate a penny for every minute you spend on Instagram this week (your phone will do the maths for you!|), or £1 for every episode of your favourite TV show you watch this month.
  • Charity streaming: If you’re a streamer, why not spend an hour of one of your streams raising funds for The Proud Trust? Encourage your viewers to donate during the hour and see how much you can raise.
  • Auction of promises: Find friends and colleagues with valuable skills and auction their time off to the highest bidder! This could be anything from a one-hour driving lesson to a full day of cleaning.

3 Ways to Show Your Support in Under 3 Minutes

Short for time? Try these quick wins!

  • Set up a recurring donation: Scroll up to the donations box and enter your details to set up a monthly recurring donation. It’s quick, easy and the best way to support our work all year round!
  • Download our planner bundle: Get organised and show your support for LGBT+ young people with our 28-page printable planner bundle. Pay what you can – £10, £5 or free. Every download helps.
  • Tell your friends: The quickest and easiest thing you can do is to help us spread the word! We need as many supporters as possible to take part in this campaign, so pop over to our Instagram page and share one of our posts with your friends.

The Difference Your Support Makes

At The Proud Trust, LGBT+ young people are at the heart of the charity’s work – from 1:1 support helping them to navigate their toughest challenges, to delivering training in schools so that their teachers can understand and support them better. It is the charity’s mission to show LGBT+ young people that they are important, that they have a bright future ahead of them, and that they have so much to be proud of.

The Proud Trust has been life-changing for me in almost all aspects of my life and has improved the quality of it drastically, I don't know where or who I would be without it. A young person who attends one of The Proud Trust’s youth groups

The charity is calling on its supporters to help fund its continued work, which is especially important in the current climate, where LGBT+ young people are facing so many unique challenges. LGBT+ hate crime is disproportionately on the rise in the UK (Galop), with 64% of people surveyed saying they had experienced anti-LGBT+ violence or abuse. LGBT+ young people are particularly affected, reporting significantly lower wellbeing than their peers (#BeeWell). The good news is, with the right support, these outcomes can be turned around.

We’ve seen the difference The Proud Trust makes to the lives of LGBT+ young people, so we're delighted to support the TIME TO BE PROUD campaign. Just one hour can be life-changing, so imagine what can happen in 1,500 hours! I know that we can achieve this goal together as a community. Harriet Harbidge (she/her), Diversity and Inclusion Manager, Transpennine Express

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