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Championing Barnsley’s Pride Festival

Administrator Chloe Goddard presenting Operations Manager Nick Cox with the cheque
Administrator Chloe Goddard presenting Operations Manager Nick Cox with the cheque

We are delighted to contribute to this year’s eleventh annual Barnsley Pride event on 12 July, to support the local LGBT+ community.

Launched in 2009, Pride Barnsley promotes and celebrates all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer life, equality, social and self-acceptance, legal rights, achievements and pride within Barnsley. This year’s theme, Red, Gold and Queen is a tribute to Liam Mills, who went by the drag name Tess Tickle and who sadly passed away following complications from diabetes in September last year and who was instrumental in setting up Barnsley Pride.

Director Ryan O’Loughlin said of our involvement: “We are delighted to be able to contribute to this year’s Pride event in Barnsley. At Henry Boot, we champion diversity and aim to provide a working environment where our staff and business partners feel valued, regardless of their sexuality.

We also have an important role to play in raising awareness of LGBT in construction and the communities in which we work. Barnsley Pride is part of this, and we are sure it will be an amazing success.”

We were looking for big players to sponsor this year’s Pride Barnsley event and we are delighted that Henry Boot have agreed to help us. It’s a massive chunk towards the amount we need to make this year’s event a success and to receive such a generous amount from them is amazing.

It’s very important that we have this type of event for the LGBT+ as they are a big part of our community. It’s all about inclusion as it’s the way forward. This event is about showing people who they are, what they are and what they’re about and this donation will help us achieve that.

Nick Cox, Operations Manager, Pride Barnsley