Danny Dwyer, organiser of Bear-Patrol, celebrated his birthday with friends at the Amsterdam Bar and Kitchen on May 19, raising in the process an impressive total of £2,206.95 for local good causes.
DANNY asked friends attending not to buy birthday presents or give him cards but rather to make a donation to his JustGiving Fundraising page to raise money for the counselling service at MindOut, the LGBT Mental Health Service, which raised £1,465.
A further £741.95 was raised from a raffle for the Rainbow Fund, who give grants to local LGBT/HIV organisations providing effective front line services to LGBT+ people in the Brighton & Hove.
The Mayor of Brighton & Hove, Cllr Dee Simson, was in attendance and entertainment was provided by Dave the Bear, Davina Sparkle and Jennie Castell who hosted the evening.
Danny said: “It was a truly magical night with a wonderful group of friends. I arrange the party every year not only for myself, but for everyone to relax, smile, enjoy, catch up and engage with friends old and new in a safe and friendly environment. I can only but thank everyone for supporting me and my chosen charities.”
Since Danny started Bear Patrol in May 2008, they have together raised a total of £193,472.23 for local good causes. They hope to push the figure over £200.00. after this years Hibernation Community Luncheon on Sunday, October 21 at the Old Ship Hotel.