On 4th August, Pegasus took to the streets of Brighton in a colourful, open-topped bus to help spread the word about The Clock Tower Sanctuary. Abi Stevenson explains how the Pride parade helped draw attention to the important work of this local homeless charity.
The Clock Tower Sanctuary has been one of our chosen charity partners for the last two years and we have supported them with fundraising, food for food banks and lending our communications consultancy to the organisation.
Earlier this year we had a chance to turn a double-decker bus into a float, allowing The Clock Tower Sanctuary to take part in Pride for the very first time.
The eye-popping, rainbow bus was one of the lead floats in the parade and was full of Pegasus people, and volunteers and staff from The Clock Tower Sanctuary.
Natalia Borg, Development Manager at The Clock Tower Sanctuary said, “We were so excited to be part of Pride for the first time. It gave us a great chance to celebrate the generosity and compassion of local residents and businesses in our city.”
“Without their support, there simply wouldn’t be a dedicated day centre for homeless young people. Many of the young people we work with flourish despite facing severe personal, family and social adversity. They inspire us every day and we are proud to work with them.”
Helen, a 27-year-old volunteer who was riding on the bus, said, “The atmosphere was amazing. I love what The Clock Tower Sanctuary does in Brighton. We accept everyone and we never judge – I think that is definitely something to celebrate!”
Established in 1998, The Clock Tower Sanctuary is a day centre providing information, advice and guidance to homeless young people, aged 16 to 25 years. It is the only centre of its kind in Brighton.
Through early intervention, The Clock Tower Sanctuary reaches out to vulnerable homeless young people, and work together to prevent long-term homelessness in their adult life.
The Clock Tower Sanctuary receives no statutory funding and so relies on all of its income being provided via fundraising. It also depends on a team of volunteers from the local community to run the drop-in service six days a week. Last year, 74 volunteers provided 8,500 hours of support.
Pride was a perfect platform to let Brighton folk know about the impact the charity makes in our local community. And it’s was a brilliant way for the hard-working volunteers to let their hair down, have fun and celebrate the vital role they play.