An LGBT project in Lancashire has been awarded £450,000 by the Big Lottery Reaching Communities Fund.

As reported by the BBC, The Isaac Hitchen project, which is based in Preston and run by the Lancashire LGBT Centre, will use the money to pay for much-needed extra staff.

They plan to employ four more people over the next three years to work alongside the centre’s volunteers to support the local LGBT communities across the county.

Chair of the centre, Debs Bradshaw said: “It’s the start of things to come. This project is a massive achievement which has been a long time in coming.

“LGBT communities in Lancashire are often isolated. They have to travel to Blackpool or Manchester to meet groups of people and feel comfortable.

“A more visible, more confident and more involved LGBT community will benefit all the people of Lancashire.”

The Isaac Hitchen project is named in memory of a man who was hanged at Lancaster in 1806 for being gay and refusing to betray his friends.