On Friday 1st February 2019, Edward Peasgood and Tess Oldham held Uckfield College’s first ever LGBTQ+ Pride day.
With activities in lessons on the LGBT community, a whole school non-uniform day and massive cake sales at break and lunch, it was an incredible celebration of pride and diversity, with all money going to the LGBT Foundation.
The LGBT Foundation provide counselling and campaigning services for LGBTQ+ citizens struggling with identity, discrimination, coming out, etc, as well as providing services which encourage gender equality and support people who are victims of domestic abuse. Over £1,300 was raised.
Edward Peasgood, a member of the East Sussex Youth Cabinet and the deputy Youth Parliament member for Lewes and Wealden, said that ‘The day was incredible, and, as well as raising an immense amount of money for the LGBT Foundation, it brought people together and made Uckfield College’s LGBTQ+ students feel supported and valued’.
Tess Oldham (year 10), added that ‘the amount of people who donated cakes and helped sell cakes was amazing – we are so thankful for everyone that helped out today. We look forward to continue working closely with this charity in the future. ‘.
Uckfield College previously donated £365.57 to the LGBT Foundation at the end of 2018, which was raised from the Holy Cross Carol Service. They will continue to work closely with the LGBT Foundation to support their LGBTQ+ students. ”