This month's fundraiser story comes from someone who invited us to follow his journey right from the start via his regular blogging.


Jacob Taylor ran the Manchester 10k back in May and used his own story and blog to share his progress with his followers and increase support for the vital work we do at George House Trust.


Jacob #georgehousetrustJacob Deuces



Jacob gave his reasons for supporting George House Trust:

“I knew, as soon as I was registering myself for the Simplyhealth Great Manchester 10K run in the November of last year, that the charity I wanted to run for was going to be the George House Trust. Not only is it a local charity in a city I am proud to call my second home (hence the Manchester bee tattoo on the inside of my right arm), as a gay man, I understand the impact which HIV has had, and continues to have, on the community in which I am a part of, and wanted to make a difference by fundraising for, and representing, George House Trust in the Manchester 10K.”

Jacob raised and incredible amount and gave us an insight into his experience:


“The event itself was absolutely phenomenal! The weather was beautiful, the atmosphere was electric, and hearing the commentator at the end cheering my name when I crossed the finishing line made the blood, sweat and tears worth the while! Knowing how much support there was, from people sponsoring me to good luck messages to spectators cheering you throughout, really motivates you to carry on when you feel like giving up, and if you really want to challenge yourself, I would recommend doing the 10K - you'd be smiling afterwards when you are treated to a lovely pint of beer and a well deserved Sunday roast...I am pretty happy to have raised so much money for George House Trust, and would like to do it all over again in the, hopefully, not so distant future!”




Thank you so much, Jacob, it is fantastic to hear that you enjoyed your experience of fundraising for George House Trust - and we're totally going to hold you to doing it again in the near future!


If you want to follow in Jacob's footsteps and raise money to help support people living with HIV then check out the fundraising section of our website or request one of our brand new Fundraising Packs to get hints, tips and ideas to really kickstart your fundraising efforts!

Thursday, 30 August, 2018





Last year, to support Pride in Manchester and raise awareness and funds for George House Trust, Wagamama launched their #makeitrainbow campaign. Some of their signage was changed to include the rainbow colours and this included the Manchester St Peter’s Square restaurant. Part of this campaign saw the donating of the daily takings on the sale of steamed buns any time a rainbow was spotted over Manchester to George House Trust.


This Manchester Pride, wagamama is going even bigger with its #makeitrainbow campaign, with a rainbow bench installed in the restaurant in St Peter’s Square for a year, and the sale cost of any steamed buns ordered on this bench being donated to George House Trust. 


Regional Marketing Manager, Kate Dell said:

"We pride ourselves on diversity and inclusivity, with our internal facing message to our team members ‘be you. be wagamama.’ so we always feel really strongly that we show our support to the amazing pride events around the UK".

Information about George House Trust has been included on rainbow placemats within the restaurant, so that guests can find out more about the work we do and really be encouraged to help raise money.


To find out more by visiting the #makeitrainbow campaign website.

Thursday, 30 August, 2018




Gay Pride Shop, a brand-new store dedicated to the LGBTQ+ community has now opened in Manchester city centre. The launch coincides with the run up to Manchester Pride, which takes place over the August Bank Holiday weekend. Gay Pride Shop shares the same space with the newly refurbished MUOBU on the second floor of Afflecks in Manchester’s Northern Quarter and online at


They stock a large range of LGBTQ+ and rainbow themed products, sourced from around the world, including a huge selection of rainbow products specifically for pride parades, such as flags, banners, whistles, rainbow face paint and party accessories.


The shop is the brainchild of couple Ian Welham and Jason Guy, who launched their cosmetic shop MUOBU (Make Up Or Break Up) in Afflecks in 2014. They then expanded this into, which is now the largest glitter and festival jewels website in the world and only one of a handful of licenced Bio-Glitter® retailers in Europe.


The couple saw a gap in the market for a UK based LGBTQ+ and rainbow themed store for both Manchester and online, after struggling to find certain items themselves. Ian Welham, director said;


“we wanted to do something different than just opening a shop. Pride should be a time when the community comes together and not just about profit. There are far too many shops and websites that jump on the Pride bandwagon, selling rainbow & LGBT themed items during pride events in the UK, but giving nothing back. We just couldn’t do that.”

30% of all profits from Gay Pride Shop are being shared with three LGBTQ+ charities that Ian and Jason personally chose. These charities are:


● George House Trust, who provide HIV information, support and advice services.

● Mermaids, who support gender variant and transgender children and young people up to 20 years old and their families.

● The Albert Kennedy Trust, who support LGBTQ+ young people experiencing homelessness or living in hostile environments.


Currently stocking over 300 items, they’re already in talks with another 30 manufacturers and suppliers around the world and aim to have over 1,000 LGBT themed items on sale by the end of the year.


“We don’t just want to focus on Pride events during the summer. We’d love to be able to share profits with our chosen charities all year round,” said Jason. “For example, by the end of the August we’ll stock over 200 different greetings cards. Everything from gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender birthday, Christmas and Valentine’s Day cards, to Mr & Mr/Mrs & Mrs wedding cake toppers, rainbow party decorations, badges, patches and bracelets.”


Gay Pride Shop is now open on the second floor of Afflecks, 52 Church Street, Manchester and online at

Tuesday, 14 August, 2018



To celebrate the launch of the Bee in the City trail which is now live, one of the designers of the Queen Bee in Sackville Gardens, Christian Taylor, is running a competition to raise money for George House Trust and giving you the chance to win a signed original painting of the LGBTQ+ Queen Bee.


                                                             Queen Bee


To enter the competition, visit the fundraising page and donate! A £1 donation will give you one entry into the draw, £2 is two entries and so forth and the winner will be selected on 23rd September – the last day of the Bee in the City trail.


The painting is at the NQ Gallery too at CAPE, in the corn exchange if you wanted to see it in person.

Wednesday, 1 August, 2018


Bee Proud

The incredibly talented Scarlet Nieschmidt is using her artistry to support George House Trust in the run up to Manchester Pride by offering a selection of tattoo designs for you to 'show your pride'.




The three Pride designs are £50 each and £10 will go directly towards supporting people living with HIV and fighting HIV stigma. In promoting the offer, Scarlet said;

"It would mean a lot to me if you could share this with as many people as possible so I can raise money for this great cause - this can only work with your help"

If you'd like to be inked, and support the work of George House Trust in the process, then email and book in at the Manchester studio and if you know anyone who would be interested in getting inked and contributing to a great cause then get them booked in too!

Wednesday, 1 August, 2018



                                               Canal Street Wi-Fi


Visitors to Manchester’s famous Pride Festival in August can expect ‘ultrafast’ broadband thanks to a fast-growing technology firm.


GLEEfi (Gay Lesbian Everyone Everywhere) is the new superfast Wi-Fi broadband product being installed through 1GB internet pipes based in key locations in the village by business support firm OneTek Business Solutions.


It means visitors to the world famous Gay Village can expect speeds up to 1GB, putting it in the top 1 per cent of internet speeds in the UK. Currently, public WiFi in the village runs at around 2MB – 6MB meaning that speeds are sluggish during peak times.  


The Manchester Pride Festival runs over the August Bank Holiday weekend and features performances from artists including Pete Tong, 808 State and Alexandra Burke.


Davina White, Business Development Manager at OneTek, said:


“One of the longstanding issues in the village has been the slow, snail-paced internet speeds especially during peak hours and events like the Manchester Pride Festival. We are delighted to have worked with some iconic venues and business owners in the village to install and deliver as a community based project and offer access to more than 100,000 people at Manchester Pride and throughout the rest of the year, ultrafast connectivity.


“Every business relies on reliable excellent connectivity especially where point-of-sale equipment relies on it. We are on a mission to roll out our ultrafast WiFi solution to other events across the UK. We are already in talks with other LGBT specific festivals, music festivals and communities.


“The village has always been one of Manchester’s most innovative and entrepreneurial destinations and we are proud to be playing a small part in continuing that tradition of bringing new and emerging trends to the area.”


OneTek was launched in 2008 by Lee Donaghey and provides WiFi solutions to villages, towns and community spaces across the country and as well as IT support to businesses of all sizes. The company head quartered in Winsford, Cheshire has offices in Stoke and Stockport.


Access to GLEEfi for the whole Pride weekend will cost £5 (£4 if bought online before) with proceeds being shared by venues, OneTek and 5 per cent each to four Manchester-based charities popular in the LGBT community: George House Trust, The Proud Trust, Sparkle and the Albert Kennedy Trust


Business owners in the village are supportive.


Phil Burke, Chair of the Village Business Association, said:


“This is a very welcome community initiative that benefits everyone. As well as visitors, local businesses in the village and charities close to our hearts will all reap the rewards. Internet speed has been an issue in the village for quite some time now and we are supportive of new initiatives to give village-based businesses a commercial advantage.”


Kim Eivind Krohn, Managing Director of KRO Hospitality, said

“Manchester Pride Festival is the highlight of the year for hundreds of thousands of people who visit the Village.


“Velvet Hotel and our new restaurant Mr. White’s Chophouse will be a hub of activity and fun during the event, with many friends and family meeting up so it’s important they can remain in contact as the festivities get underway.


“The implementation of the ultra-fast internet will mean our guests can enjoy communicating on social media, or with each other throughout the event, and as a business we can improve the service we provide for our customers.”


Jack Williamson of Richmond Tea Rooms on Richmond Street and Eagle Bar, said:


“We are excited about seeing the effect of faster broadband speeds in the villages. We’re confident it will be good for business even long after the festival has finished when people realise they can get the fastest WiFi speeds in the city here in the village.”


Jordan Allison of Bar Pop on Canal Street, added:


“It’s long overdue. We are delighted that the frustration of slow internet speeds in the village is finally being resolved. We expect to serve more than 10,000 drinks over the weekend and being able to process card payments swiftly and safely is a priority for us.”


Lorraine Bramhall of Churchills, said:


“The Manchester Pride Festival is one of the key dates in the year for us as a business and we are pleased that our community is making higher internet speeds available for the visitors we’ll greet from all over the world.”


Tony D Cooper of OnBar, added:


“We are seeing improvements and development within our world renowned Gay Village and faster WiFi for all will improve the visitor experience not only for here at OnBar but all over our great Village.”


See and

Wednesday, 1 August, 2018


Manchester Pride is right around the corner, and the celebrations are already beginning at Alston Bar & Beer and The Living Room, with the launch of some fabulous new drinks – the proceeds of which will be donated to George House Trust and directly support people living with HIV.


Starting today, Alston Bar & Beef have launched the ‘Pride of Alston’ cocktail. A delicious pineapple, vanilla and passionfruit infused gin martini, with a pineapple foam, the proceeds will be donated to GHT throughout the month of August. 


Meanwhile, The Living Room will be welcoming the ‘Pride Tree’ to their drinks offering very soon. Coming for a limited two-week run from the 13th to the 27th of August, this Tanqueray gin and Fever Tree Tonic is mixed with Unicorn Shimmer Co. shimmering syrups, to create a tasty, glittery celebration for all to enjoy. Pre-book only, get your orders in now, and enjoy your very own gin tree, with a donation from each one coming to GHT.


                        Alston PridePride Tree



Remember, when you’re buying or pre-buying yourself one of these celebratory beverages, don’t forget to ‘Buy George a Drink’. You can do this by texting ‘DRINK’ to 70660. This will automatically donate £3 to George House Trust, alongside the donation from the drink itself.


You can get in touch with Alston Bar and Beef at their website, or you can pre-order your ‘Pride Tree’ at The Living Room by visiting their website.


To find out more about our ‘Buy George a Drink’ campaign, you can email Samuel Clarke, Community Fundraising Organiser, or call 0161 274 5565.

Wednesday, 1 August, 2018

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