LGBT Foundation have this month launched a public appeal for donations to fund life-saving services and support on the leap year day at the end of February.
With 2020 being a leap year, the extra day on 29th February means the organisation will need to provide an additional 505 hours of support across a range of vital services they provide – such as their helpline, domestic abuse service, sexual health screening and testing, and LGBT affirmative counselling services.
LGBT Foundation calculated that it costs £7,500 per day to keep the organisation open and the many services they offer running, and have this month launched the #LEAPforEQUALITY crowdfunder to raise these additional funds.
“For many people, a leap year means just an extra day in the year,” says Paul Martin OBE, Chief Executive of LGBT Foundation.
“But for us it means an extra day supporting people from LGBT communities and over 500 additional hours of support provided. Right now, demand for our support is growing, and we’re seeing more people in a crisis than ever before.
“This February we’re asking for people to take the Leap for Equality with us. Your donations will help us to open our door, pick up the phone, and provide life-saving and life-affirming support to every single LGBT person who needs us.”
Included in the crowdfunding is the costings of some of LGBT Foundation’s vital services so donors can see what their money will be going towards.
This includes a £10 donation that could help answer a call from an LGBT person with nowhere else to turn, a £30 donation that could help support a specialist to deliver a wellbeing assessment for an LGBT person in need, creating a person-centred support plan to help that person move forward and a £250 donation which would support specialist training for LGBT affirmative counsellors and therapists.
LGBT Foundation will be hosting the public appeal throughout February and is also encouraging its supporters to host fundraisers or take on a challenge to support the appeal.
The full details of the campaign can be found at https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/leapforequality