A legacy fund has been set up by the charity trustees of the annual Plymouth Pride Event as they step aside for a new organisation to host its own events.
The new group, Plymouth Out, has been formed by some of the existing Plymouth Pride Event volunteers with new helpers who stepped forward as a result of a recruitment campaign during the past year.
They will hold their first Pride event, Plymouth Out Fest, on March 19, a parade and event starting at 12 noon on The Piazza in front of the big screen and continuing to Plymouth University, where a programme of community and food stalls as well as day and evening entertainment has been scheduled.
The day is being dedicated to the late Plymouth Pride Event founding member and secretary, Prudence de Villiers, who died of cancer early this year.
Plymouth Pride Event trustees took their decision to wind down after advertising without success locally and nationally for more than a year for suitable new trustees to join them to carry the charity and event forward.
It was also taken because of work commitments of the trustees and following the illness and death of Prudence de Villiers, on whom much of the workload had fallen.
A Plymouth Pride Event spokesman said: “We wish Plymouth Out every success for the future and we will be supporting them as much as possible.
“We would like to say a big thank you to everybody, individuals, organisations, businesses, and statutory authorities, who supported Plymouth Pride Event over the years.
“They helped us to put on a fantastic Pride event every year for four years, growing the event from 400 visitors to 4,000.
“Now, the remaining money which the trustees raised from those events, through stalls and sales of advertising in the programmes, will be held in a legacy fund to help support future events in Plymouth.”
The legacy fund will be administered by South West LGBT charity The Intercom Trust, which will also receive Plymouth Pride Event’s remaining resources.
The resources and legacy fund can be accessed by anybody putting on events in Plymouth for the benefit of the city’s LGBT communities.
Anybody interested in Plymouth Out can visit www.plymouthout.co.uk for more information.