Jonathan Bailey raises £30,000 for Just Like Us in under 24 hours

by Just Like Us
May 2024

Side by side images of Jonathan Bailey competing at the Hackney Half marathon. He is wearing green shorts and a green tank top, trainers and a cap.

In less than 24 hours, Bridgerton star Jonathan Bailey has raised over £30,000 for LGBT+ young people’s charity Just Like Us. 

On 19 May, Bailey completed the 2024 Wizz Air Hackney Half in support of LGBT+ young people across the UK. 

Bailey, who became a patron of Just Like Us in 2023, will continue accepting donations via JustGiving until the end of June 2024. 

Jonathan Bailey said: “Just Like Us is the LGBT+ young people’s charity. They work with thousands of schools and young people right across the UK to make sure everyone knows that being LGBT+ is something to be celebrated.

“I’ve met some of their young ambassadors who go into schools, talking about their personal journeys with coming out, allyship and helping stop bullying. They inspired me to become a patron of this wonderful charity.

“Just Like Us is doing vital work to make sure young people no longer grow up feeling ashamed of being lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans. But they need our help. I’m running a half marathon in aid of Just Like Us, an incredibly important charity that is empowering LGBT+ young people and I am very proud to be a patron of.

“Please dig deep to support this vital cause and together let’s change the lives of LGBT+ young people who don’t yet know that you can grow up to be gay, proud and happy.”

Laura Mackay, Chief Executive of Just Like Us, the LGBT+ young people’s charity, said: “We are so grateful to our wonderful patron Jonathan Bailey for fundraising to support LGBT+ young people.

“The funds raised will help us continue delivering our programmes, providing inclusive resources for more than 7,000 schools, delivering talks to give pupils essential representation, creating safe spaces for LGBT+ young people in school, and helping LGBT+ young adults thrive. 

“Our research has shown that three in five LGBT+ young adults had no LGBT+ role models growing up. But, by using his platform to advocate for them, Jonathan is acting as the role model that young people across the UK need. On behalf of Just Like Us, and all the young people we work with, I would like to say a huge thank you to both Jonathan and all of those who have generously donated.”