Manchester Pride Director to bow out as festival blows out the candles on its 21st birthday

By Danny McCann

Manchester Pride director Jackie Crozier is calling an end to her role after the festival’s 21st birthday celebrations this weekend.

Jackie, who first started working for Pride in 2005, is hoping to top the £1 million mark for charity and with is confident of achieving her goal given the event’s fundraising history.

The passionate director began her fundraising roots in her former role as a Community Fundraiser for Marie Curie Cancer Care and quickly transferred her talents to Pride.

 She said: “It’s been a huge part of my life and I’ve worked with some wonderful people. Together we’ve created one of the most successful Prides in Europe that consistently raises six figure amounts for charity every year.  That’s a proud legacy for me to pass on and I am looking forward to seeing Manchester Pride’s successful evolution.”

Jackie is still looking forward to the ‘Best of British’ theme in her last festival as director and with floats from Pam Ann and Coronation Street, it promises to be a great spectacle.

 “It is so important to parade around the city to show we are ‘Loud and Proud’ as well as show how much we are supported by those around us in our wonderful city of Manchester,” she commented.

Despite Jackie’s decision to move on, she and the Manchester Pride team will make sure that this year’s festival will be the best yet and truly one to remember.

Tim Sigworth, Chief Executive of the Albert Kennedy Trust, said: “I had the pleasure of recruiting Jackie Crozier to the post of Festival Coordinator in 2005. At interview I saw a dynamic, passionate and talented person who I knew would ensure Pride flourished: she has far exceeded my expectations for her.”

The process to recruit a new festival director will start later this year led by Manchester Pride’s Board of Trustees.

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