Small steps,
big difference.

25 February is Purple Friday!


Together we will walk the outline of Scotland in just one day with the aim of raising £20,000 to ensure LGBTI young people can reach their full potential.


Support this epic challenge and send a strong message of support to LGBTI young people across the country this Purple Friday.



Small steps, big difference!

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Pass The Torch

Inspired by the Olympic torch bearers who pass the flame from person to person, we invite you to symbolically ‘pass the torch’ around Scotland to show your support for LGBT equality this Purple Friday.

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Our Ask

Taking part in the Pass The Torch Relay Challenge is simple:

 Complete a minimum of 5km on Purple Friday and raise at least £50 per person or £350 as a team for LGBT Youth Scotland.

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Your Team

Whether you’re taking part individually or in a group, you’ll be part of one national team; Team Purple. Together we will complete the route around Scotland - That’s a staggering 2,500 km - in just 24 hours.

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Take part

The challenge goes live at 00:05AM on Purple Friday (25th February 2022) and runs for 24 hours.


We’ll be using the Big Team Challenge app and you’ll need to register with them to take part. It’s quick and easy - find out how to sign up here.

Join us on an epic journey








£ to raise



We are LGBT Youth Scotland and Purple Friday is our annual fundraising day.

At LGBT Youth Scotland we believe that an even better Scotland is possible and that, with your support, we can be here for even more LGBTI young people and make Scotland the best place for them to grow up.  


As Scotland’s national LGBTI youth work charity, we support thousands of young people every year, providing a lifeline of support and opportunities - through in-person and on-line youth groups and one-to-one support. We also work with schools and organisations through our LGBT Charter Programme to help them to proactively include LGBTI people in every aspect of their work and school. 

We rely on donations to keep these vital services going, and that’s where you come in!

Named after the purple (spirit) stripe in the Rainbow Flag, Purple Friday is our annual fundraising day. It celebrates the spirit of the LGBTI community and harnesses the support of their allies. Allies like you!

On Purple Friday we are asking you to join us, fundraise for our work and send a message to LGBTI young people all over Scotland that they are loved and supported.

Sign up today and take a few small steps to make a BIG difference to young people near you.

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"LGBT Youth Scotland has saved my life. It has opened me up to opportunities I did not know I had. I am proud to be part of this community and that has a massive impact on my life. It has inspired me to help others."

Young Person



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25mm Button Badges

Pack of 50


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Purple Cow T-Shirt

Available in various sizes


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Torch Pin Badge

In enamel gold metal


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Progress Heart Beanie

Other designs available


All items are made to order from an ethical independent business. Please allow up to 14 days for delivery. 
To ensure your order arrives by Purple Friday please place your order by 11th February 2022 at the latest.

We also have hoodies, other t-shirt designs, lanyards and flags available:

Meet Jay - youth work volunteer and designer of the 2022 Purple Friday T-Shirt 

Jay talks about his artwork, passion for youth work and what inspired the Purple Cow!



Who are LGBT Youth Scotland? We are Scotland’s national youth work charity for LGBTI young people. We rely on donations to keep our services running and young people supported when they need it most. You can find out more about us here:

What is Purple Friday? Purple Friday is LGBT Youth Scotland’s annual fundraising day and it always takes place on the last Friday of February (which is LGBT History Month). It’s a day to show your support for LGBT equality and fundraise for our charity’s work with LGBTI young people.

What is the Pass The Torch Relay? It’s a virtual event on Purple Friday and invites people from across the country to walk, run, cycle, swim, bunny hop… (the possibilities are endless!) along our virtual map of Scotland. Collectively we aim to complete 2,500km which will take us around the outline of Scotland in just one day.

What is the goal of the Pass The Torch Relay? With your help we hope to raise £20,000 and complete the virtual route around Scotland totalling 2,500km.

What does taking part in the Pass the Torch Relay involve? We are asking participants to complete a minimum of 5k and raise at least £50 in sponsorship as an individual or £350 as a team.

I don’t want to walk... can I take part in another way? Yes you can! Use this conversion chart to convert your elliptical training, dancing, tennis, and other low impact exercise activities into steps:

What is the Big Team Challenge App? It’s a third party step challenge system that allows us to run the Pass The Torch Relay as a virtual activity challenge. On the app - which is available on mobile and desktop - participants combine their activity to complete our route around Scotland with the power of teamwork.

How do I sign up to the Pass The Torch Relay? Get yourself a team (up to 10 people!) and appoint a team leader. The team leader then needs to register themselves on the Big Team Challenge app at Once registered, they need to create a team within the app and invite the rest of the team members by entering their name and email address.

I don’t have a team. How do I sign up? No worries, you can join our National team of other solo participants by sending us an email to Please include your full name, email address, contact number and address.

I am a teacher and I want to get my whole school involved! How do I sign up? High fives! You are awesome. To register, simply email and include your full name, school name, email address, contact number and address and we’ll be in touch asap with further info.

How do I track my distance? You can walk, run or cycle and you can either manually enter your activity on the Big Team Challenge app or sync with Fitbit, Garmin Connect, Apple Health and Google Fit. Alternatively you can do a whole range of different activities and convert them into steps using this activity conversion chart.

I need more help with the Big Team Challenge app! You can find lots of help about Big Team Challenge by reading their help articles here.

How long does it take for my merchandise order to arrive? All our merchandise is made to order which means it can take up to 14 days to land in your hands. Thanks for your patience!

If I want my merchandise to arrive by Purple Friday when should I place the order at the latest? Order by 11th February 2022 in order to allow enough time for your merch to arrive in time for Purple Friday.

How do I donate money I’ve raised in cash? Send us an email to and we will be glad to advise how best to get your fundraised money paid in.

I've got a question that isn’t covered here! Email us at and we will get back to you as soon as we can! Just to give you a heads up - we are a small team and during busy times it may take up to 5 working days for us to respond.