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Staff get into the Worthing PRIDE spirit

Tuesday July 17, 2018

It was a sea of rainbow flags and joy all around as PRIDE in Worthing took place for the first time last Saturday (15 July).

The day exceeded expectations, according to the event organisers, with nearly 4,000 people buying tickets.

Colleagues from the trust’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Network hosted a successful stall in Denton Gardens.

LGBT lead and trust governor, Stuart Fleming said: “Worthing PRIDE was a great event for the hospitals. So many of our patients came up to give us feedback,and were delighted to see us representing the trust.”

“It was a great event and everyone worked really hard, did it with silly hats on and all had huge smiles.”

Voluntary services manager for Worthing & Southlands, Sarah Kahn, said: “It was an opportunity to show our local community the services that we provide and that we want our local area involved as well.

“It was a great event and everyone worked really hard, did it with silly hats on and all had huge smiles.”

With Worthing PRIDE organisers stating that the event will “definitely happen next year”, staff are already making plans for 2019 with at least 100 colleagues sought for next year’s procession.

The trust’s LGBT Network was formed to represent the views of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people, with membership open to all staff, patients and visitors who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender.

Anyone currently questioning their sexuality or colleagues who have a positive interest in driving forward equality are also welcome to join.

If you would like more information or to sign up please contact lgbtnetwork@wsht.nhs.uk.

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