AKT is thrilled and very grateful to announce that world renowned fashion label Burberry has made a generous donation towards the charity’s work supporting young homeless LGBT+ people in the UK. 

With the world having descended on London Fashion Week, which launched Friday 16th February, this announcement gives voice to a large and influential community about the importance of raising awareness of LGBT youth homelessness. The February 2018 show unveiled Christopher Bailey’s last collection for Burberry.

In our diversity lies our strength, and our creativity.

Tim Sigsworth, CEO of The Albert Kennedy Trust, said: “We are overjoyed with this generous donation and support from Burberry, which will make an incredible difference to preventing LGBT youth homelessness in the UK. 24% of the 150,000 young people facing homelessness in the UK identify as LGBT+ after experiencing abuse and rejection just for being brave enough to come out to their families. Burberry’s donation will support our ongoing work to provide safe homes and support to young people,grow our youth engagement programme and fund our plans to bring AKT to more of the most vulnerable LGBT young people nationally.” 

Christopher Bailey (pictured), Burberry President and Chief Creative Officer said: “My final collection here at Burberry is dedicated to - and in support of - some of the best and brightest organisations supporting LGBTQ+ youth around the world. There has never been a more important time to say that in our diversity lies our strength, and our creativity.”

This announcement further solidifies Burberry’s support of LGBTQ+ communities, and will broaden the awareness, mentoring and resources available around the world for vulnerable young LGBT people. Their generous donation will allow AKT to reach more young LGBT people than ever, through initiatives like our online support and mentoring service. inter-AKT. This innovative new service extends AKT’s reach and allows young LGBT from across the UK to safely and securely access support and mentoring via laptops, mobile phones and tablets.

Find out more about inter-AKT