An open letter to Pride in Surrey’s supporters from co-chairs Stephen and Charlie:
We have taken the heart breaking decision to cancel Pride in Surrey 2020, that was planned for Saturday 8thAugust in Woking. Given the current global pandemic we feel that we cannot continue to plan an event which encourages a mass gathering to take place in August.
This decision follows advice from Woking Borough Council and guidelines from Public Health England. Whilst we agree that August is a long time away, planning a Pride event involves many meetings with key services such as Surrey Police and South East Coast Ambulance Service. As you would agree these services are needed more now than ever, to help us through this difficult time, and after to repair our nation.
Whilst many charities and non-profits like us are now facing huge financial uncertainly, we remain positive that the Surrey LGBTQ+ community and allies, will stand behind Pride in Surrey so that we can deliver another Pride in 2021.
As you know Pride in Surrey is a voluntary run organisation, some of these volunteers are key workers doing their bit to keep Surrey ticking over, whilst many of our other team members are working hard and doing their bit to support some local initiatives that are close to all our hearts.
Many of our team are working with York Road Project to help support those experiencing homelessness in Woking. One of our trustees is driving NHS staff to and from Royal Surrey via a local a bus service and our Surrey Heath Pride team are focusing efforts on Surrey Heath Prepared that have already delivered over 150 food parcels to families in need there.
We are very proud of all our team.
During these unprecedented times we have seen many support services around Surrey close their doors. Some of these services are essential for the LGBTQ+ community, especially our youth.
Pride in Surrey are committed to continue online services where we can to support our community – we have launched /NOT ALONE – an online LGBTQ+ community.
We will continue to support, promote and signpost Twister Youth Projects and Outline Surrey who are still active online. We are updating our support page on our website with contact information and operating times for those services that are still open.
Update: June 2020
We’ll also be running an event known as #PrideOnTheRoad read more here.
We understand that you may have questions regarding our cancelled event. Please check our FAQs or use the contact form below where needed. Again, we are key workers outside of Pride planning, we will reply to you as soon as we can.
All our love and Pride,
Stephen and Charlie
2020 Events Cancelled:
– Big Pride Picnic in Camberley
– Pride Month Display at The Lightbox in Woking
– Surrey’s LGBTQ+ Youth Prom
– Pride in Surrey park event in Woking
– Pride in Surrey parade in Woking Town
When will we know the new date for Pride?
At the moment we are unable to confirm a new date, please keep checking our social media pages and website for more info.
I have a Pride Extra (VIP Ticket) what do I do?
We are currently working with our online ticket provider on this matter. All updates will be emailed to the email you supplied when purchasing your ticket.
Where can I read more about /NOT ALONE?
All information can be found at prideinsurrey.org/notalone
Please use the below contact from to get in touch with Pride in Surrey, we will get back to you as soon as we can: