A message from Pride In Surrey
Hello, I’m Charlie, Pride in Surrey’s Chief Executive. At 10pm on May 18th we were notified about the fire at Access Storage in Byfleet by one of our volunteers who lives locally. We have stored outreach and event equipment at Access for many years.
The unit housed lots of sentimental items that form our history, along with most of our assets that reduce the cost of Pride year-on-year.
With thanks to efforts of Surrey Fire & Rescue and Surrey Police, the fire was finally put under control after burning for more than 15 hours.
We are now left in a extremely difficult position. We are yet to receive updates from Access themselves and from the images of the incident we are bracing ourselves for total loss.
Although we are yet to find out the full extent of the damage caused to our equipment and items, most of the items are not resistant to smoke or water, let alone fire. We are estimating the loss of our beloved wooden giant desk chairs, staging, banners, furniture, communication equipment.. the list goes on. It was a large storage room full to the brim with essential items that we rely on regularly.
Whilst we should be able to recover part of the loss through insurance, sentiment items that formed Surrey’s LGBTQ+ Pride’s history will be lost. We anticipate a painful and lengthy claims process.
We have lots of outreach events planned for Pride Month in June, along with opening a new pop-up Pride Hub in Redhill. All of which will be extremely difficult to do without access/having any of our equipment.
Our plan is to act now, to start replacing essential items, throughout Pride Month.
Please support this fund where you can. Every penny really does help.
Things may be gone, but our spirit and Pride will continue.