Gay rights charity Stonewall celebrated today raising more than £51,000 at its annual Summer Party at the Roof Gardens in London’s Kensington this weekend.
Money raised will go to Stonewall’s Education for All campaign, which tackles homophobic bullying in schools and makes sure they support children from diverse family backgrounds.
Dr Christian Jessen, who hosted the evening, said: “Over the years my admiration and respect for Stonewall and the work they do has gone nuclear.
“Their campaign to fight homophobic bullying in schools strikes a chord with me. It’s shocking that homophobia is endemic in British schools – I find that extremely embarrassing. The work Stonewall do really does make a difference. It will help stamp it out.”
Other guests included Beverley Knight, Russell Tovey, Julian Clary, Jane Hill and Gok Wan.
After a raffle, the Roof Gardens opened to the public for a gay-themed club night, Summer Party on the Roof, which included a spectacular fireworks display. Part of the proceeds from Summer Party on the Roof will be donated to Stonewall.
Catherine Bosworth, Stonewall Director of Fundraising, said: “Thanks to our supporters at Société Générale every penny raised on Friday will help us make a real difference to thousands of lesbian, gay and bisexual young people around Britain. This was our biggest ever Summer Party – and yet again, we’re overwhelmed by our individual supporters’ generosity.”