We want to say a big thank you to everyone who took part in this year’s Purple Friday! We were amazed to see so many schools, businesses, community groups and individuals join the celebrations.
While we are still seeing more donations coming in and are in the processes of adding up totals, we wanted to give you an insight into some of the highlights of the day.
As you know Purple Friday is our biggest fundraising day of the year. It’s a day to stand against homophobia, transphobia and bi-phobia and show your support for LGBT equality.
We were delighted to see so many fundraising events take place all across the country. From bake sales, raffles, wear purple days and gaming events, we appreciate all your support and creativity on the day.
Over 3.7k tweets were sent with the #PurpleFriday hashtag resulting in a reach of over 4 million. Not only did this turn our map of Scotland purple, it also got #PurpleFriday trending on Twitter in Scotland.
Aviva in Glasgow went above and beyond to raise money during Purple Friday. The team organised a rainbow bake sale, a very exciting raffle and encouraged staff to “Wear Your T-Shirt With Pride” for a small donation.
Tyler at Aviva told us: “Our rainbow bake sale first off went amazing, so many people came together to either bake or buy the fantastic cakes. We also had a rainbow raffle, filled with rainbow merchandise and some other great prizes that were kindly donated in support of LGBT Youth Scotland and included vouchers for Nando’s, Hair & Beauty and MOT Services. Our operations manager even donated a half day holiday! This really got people excited and were practically ripping the tickets off us!”
The team managed to raise a total of £497.04. This will be matched by Aviva with our pound match scheme, raising the total to £994.08!
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We will keep you posted on how much was raised on Purple Friday. If you are still looking to make a donation, you can find details of how to do so here: www.lgbtyouth.org.uk/purple-friday