Tonight, Friday 22nd July, a new legacy will be launched in memory of Gay Village club owner, Haydn Pope. The new charity foundation, AXM Foundation, invites all join in on the free launch event, supported by Mancunian musician Rowetta and the Lord Mayor of Manchester, Carl Austin-Behan.
The AXM Foundation will divulge their exciting plans at the AXM Starlight Lounge from 9pm, with live entertainment and special surprises throughout the night, hosted by Miss Penny Crayon.
Haydn opened the AXM club in Manchester’s Gay Village in 2004, before taking the brand national. After he lost his battle with cancer in March, Haydn’s friends and family hope to make his dying wish come true with the launch of the charity in his honour.
Rowetta told the Manchester Evening News, “It’s an honour for me to perform at the launch. This was Haydn’s dream. He was a beautiful man and a wonderful friend. The AXM Foundation will be a great support to the LGBTQ community that I love.”
About AXM Foundation
Set up to deliver Haydn’s Pope’s dying wishes, AXM Foundation is a registered charity set up by volunteers, with no one on the board of trustees working under the AXM brand.
Caring deeply about his employees, Haydn was a source of support and direction for many people. Said to have always seen the best in people, he helped many get out of times of difficulty, guiding them onto the next chapter in their lives and turning their lives around.
Haydn also helped several other Manchester-based LGBTQ community projects over the years and liaised with statutory agencies to deliver events and sponsored stages at Manchester Pride. Other charity endeavours Haydn embarked on included ‘Moni Malawi,’ an initiative that raised money to build a school in South East Africa. The AXM nightclub in Glasgow now donates all its profits to the fund.
Described at loud, unique, colourful and sometimes controversial, it’s clear to see that Haydn Pope made a mark on the people he cared for. Though not much has been revealed about the foundation’s goals thus far, we are sure it will have something to do with love, care, and devotion to those LGBTQ individuals that need it most, and will offer similar stories of success like for those he’s already helped.
Keep an eye on the foundation’s Facebook page for updates on their website and where you can donate to show your support.