The Albert Kennedy Trust is celebrating its 25th anniversary! The charity, which was set up on 7 July 1989, supports lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people who are homeless or in crisis.
At Outlet, we are proud to be a supporter of The Albert Kennedy Trust and offer discounted fees to its supporters. We also donate a percentage of our fundraising proceeds to the trust.
The Albert Kennedy Trust was set up by Cath Hall, a foster carer from Manchester, after Albert Kennedy fell to his death from a multi-storey car park at the age of 16. The incident was widely regarded as a hate crime and prior to that Albert had experienced isolation and homophobia in the children’s homes he lived in.
Cath decided to set up a trust in Albert’s name to provide safe homes for LGBT young people who had faced rejection from their families or society. Initially providing safe spaces with volunteer carers in Manchester, the Trust now works in three cities (London, Manchester and Newcastle) providing mentoring, advocacy and training as well as safe homes with carers and within its own ‘Purple Door’ project.
On the trust reaching its 25th anniversary, Cath said: “I had a vision, a passionate vision, that no young LGBT young person should live in fear at home. Like a baton, that vision had to be passed on. Over 25 years passionate and dedicated LGBT men and women have taken up the baton to ensure that thousands of young people have been touched by that dream and could live in safety, or with guidance, into adulthood.”
Albert’s Brother, Billy Kennedy, added: "25 years ago we lost a son and a brother to a senseless act. Albert never got to share with us those priceless moments that we all take for granted. Whilst time can help us understand, it cannot erase the memories of the sadness and isolation that Albert felt during his short life. Through the Albert Kennedy Trust, Albert’s short life has had more of an impact on this earth than any of us could wish for in our lifetime. We could not be more thankful to the AKT for ensuring young people in the UK do not suffer the way that Albert did.”
In order to commemorate Albert’s life and the work being undertaken in his name the Albert Kennedy Trust is asking users across social media to use the hash tag #rememberingalbert on this 25th anniversary of his death.
Supporters can also send the special text giving code ‘ALBT25 £10’ to 70070 to give the Albert Kennedy Trust £10, and help them continue their work helping young people made homeless purely for being brave enough to come out.
For more information go to akt.org.uk or find them on Facebook and Twitter.
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