Stonewall, the gay equality charity, had its seventh annual Brighton Equality Walk on Sunday May 2. Despite the weather nearly 350 joined former Coronation Street star Charlie Condou and Brighton’s Chief Superintendent Graham Bartlett at the starting line to raise over £55,000 on the 10K walk – smashing last year’s achievement.

The Walk was opened by L Word actress and screenwriter Guinevere Turner and Rikki Beadle-Blair, Director of FIT, Stonewall’s anti-bullying film for schools. Walkers battled the miserable Bank Holiday weather and followed a route set by the Brighton-based lesbian and gay sports group BLAGSS. The route led along the sea-front, through Brighton’s gay village and finished at Brighton’s R-Bar for the post walk party and prize giving.

“Stonewall’s work can make an even greater difference to the lives of young lesbian, gay and bisexual people around the country, thanks to the success of this year’s Equality Walk,” said Laura Doughty, Stonewall’s Deputy Chief Executive. “Money raised by our supporters at this walk will enable us to develop materials that primary schools can use when teaching and celebrating different families.”