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A local LGBT+ organisation has received a donation of £2,000 from Amazon’s Head Office in Shoreditch.

Basildon Pride is a community group that organises and delivers Basildon’s annual Pride festival. The organisation also offers the Basildon Pride Everyday programme which provides support to the LGBT+ community and their allies within the Basildon Borough and surround areas, whilst educating the wider community about LGBT+ issues with the view of driving greater acceptance.

Basildon Pride’s Everyday programme partners with other local charities to help with fundraising and organising events. The group also delivers workshops and activities for the LGBT+ community in Basildon with the aim of improving the quality of life for the local community, vulnerable people, children, and young people. They have also created a social network to help tackle feelings of loneliness, social isolation and hopelessness.

The donation from the Amazon team helped fund Basildon Pride’s annual festival held at Gloucester Park.

Speaking on the donation, Beth Knight, Amazon in the Community Europe Lead, said:

“Diversity, equity and inclusion can make everyone stronger – benefitting communities, schools and society. We’re pleased to support the staff and volunteers at Basildon Pride with this donation.”

Dave Bedson, Vice Chair of Basildon Pride said:

“We’re thankful to Amazon for this donation, which helped support our annual festival. The event was a great success, with over 4500 people in attendance, and was an enjoyable day out for everyone in the Basildon community.”

Basildon Pride received the donation as part of Amazon’s programme to support the communities around its operating locations across the UK.

Community donations are one of a number of ways in which Amazon is supporting communities across the UK during COVID-19.

Throughout the pandemic Amazon has provided disadvantaged students with online STEM courses and supported virtual classrooms with no-cost resources from AWS and Amazon Future Engineer. The company has also teamed up with charity partner Magic Breakfast to deliver more than five million healthy breakfasts to children at risk of hunger in disadvantaged areas around the UK and helped to tackle holiday hunger by providing free breakfasts to children over the summer holidays.