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Manchester Cathedral during the carol service

Carol service at Manchester cathedral raises money for new LGBT centre

  • Proud Trust set up a carol service at cathedral
  • Aim to raise money for new LGBT centre
  • Hundreds of people showed support 

A carol service was held by a charity to raise money for a new LGBT centre aiming to promote acceptance and inclusion.
The Proud Trust held the event at Manchester Cathedral to raise funds to reach their £2.4m target.
The current LGBT centre is the first publicly-built gay centre in Europe and will be demolished in January to make space for the new two-and-a-half storey building.

The Proud Trust set up free refreshments for guests

Amelia Lee, strategic director for the Proud Trust said: “It’s open to everyone with a special welcome to lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people as well as our allies and our friends

“People who might have not have always felt included in their religion have a chance to come here and feel welcomed and celebrated.”

The new centre will have a roof top garden and community café, as well as a library and some support groups.

The cathedral curate, the Rev Steven Hilton, said: “We host a range of events and close to our hearts in particular are events which promote unity, inclusion and equality

“We hope this can be the beginning of a great working relationship with The Proud Trust. What they do for young people is life changing and in some circumstances life saving.”

LGBT flag set up for the service

The space is being built as a safe space to not be judged and to be cared for. The centre that is being replaced is on storey and was built in 1988.

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