YOUNG people who experience hate crime and bullying across Sussex can now receive additional support and guidance, thanks to a donation of £250 from Sussex Police.
Ditch The Label is a charity which seeks to promote difference and individuality and in turn combat hate crime and bullying, and works with schools and colleges in the area to spread the message.
Hate Crime sergeant for Sussex, Peter Allan presented the cheque to Liam Hackett, founder of Ditch the Label, and Jon Cross, education co-ordinator at the charity.
Receiving the cheque, Mr Hackett, said: “It is an absolute pleasure to be working so closely with Sussex Police and it is important that through our joint efforts, we continue to remind young people that bullying and hate crime is not acceptable and should, in certain circumstances be reported to the police.
“As a relatively-new yet rapid-growth, anti-bullying charity, every penny counts and we will be using the donation from Sussex Police towards the development of educational resources aimed at young people to educate about difference and hate-based behaviour.”
Sgt Allan said: “Sussex Police is pleased to work with organisations who share our desire to tackle hate-based behaviour and support, educate and empower those who are victims to report it to the police or to at least tell someone, so that they don’t suffer in silence.”
The donation comes from the Police Property Act Fund, made up of money received by the police from property confiscated by order of the court and then sold.
For more information on the Sussex-based charity Ditch the Label, visit www.ditchthelabel.org