A grassroots LGBT+ charity in Southampton has named its first ever patron.

People’s Pride Southampton (PPS) was started in January 2020 and became a registered charity in October 2020.

The organisation aims to provide inclusive accessible events and support services to the city's LGBT+ community.

The charity has now announced that Dr. Sophie Cook (the first trans woman to work in the premier league, as a photographer) has become its first patron.

A spokesperson for PPS said: "We hope with the support of Dr. Sophie Cook that we can spread the message far and wide about the support and other services we offer all year round. We are a small non-commercially backed charity that relies on public support to keep our support services and events free to all.’

Dr. Sophie Cook said: “With the ever increasing pressure on the mental health, wellbeing and rights of the LGBT community, especially transgender people the need for Pride has never been greater.

"While there are a growing number of Pride organisations and events around the country I have been impressed with the noncommercial, grassroots ethics of People’s Pride Southampton from the very beginning.

"I was excited to be invited by them to speak at the inaugural event in 2020, but due to the global situation that has been pushed back to 2022 and I now look forward to seeing everyone there, this time carrying the honour of being Patron.”.

PPS is planning a two day non-commercially backed and inclusive pride event in Southampton in 2022.

For more information visit www.peoplesprideuk.com.