Weʼve raised £4,350 to Pride in Surrey fire recovery fund - Byfleet Access storage
- Funded on Saturday, 16th September 2023
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**Update: 22nd May: following the resurgence of the fire theoughout the weekend, Access has informed cilents that the site is a ”total loss” - furthermore Surrey Fire & Resuce has tweeted that the site will be demolished. Pride in Surrey are not expecting to recover anything from the site. Whilst insurance will cover some of the items stored, some will not be covered. We are also preparing for a lengthy claims process, which could complete too close or after Pride in September. Due to this shortfall, we have increased our funding target to a more realistic snapshot of what has been lost. We aim to publish an overview of what has been lost and values on our website within 48 hours. We would like to thank everyone who has supported us on our journey of rebuilding what we once had.
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.
- 10 months ago
Charlie Watts10 months ago
We thank everyone who has kindly donated towards our fire recovery fund so far. We will keep everyone updated on our progress and share plans for Pride Month as soon as we can.
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Jul 2, 2023
Colin & Veronica Watson
Jun 21, 2023
A little to help with the fire fund
Jun 21, 2023
Hope you can get everything that was lost replaced. X
Jun 19, 2023
Jun 16, 2023
Vanessa and Andy Williams
Jun 16, 2023
We heard about the fire from Craig Spencer when staying at the Runnymede Hotel. The devastation was very apparent and we wanted to show our support for the group. Be strong, you will get through this.
Jun 14, 2023
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