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Trust celebrating Pride and preparing for busy weekend

 23 July 2019

Pride 2018South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAmb) is once again expecting a large turnout of its staff and volunteers to participate in Brighton and Hove Pride.

The Trust is also urging the public to be sensible and look out for each other over what is always one of the busiest weekends in the city.

Ambulance crews, emergency operations centre staff and volunteers will, as ever, be working hard across the Trust’s region to provide people with the help they require. Across the Pride weekend last year, (4-5 August), SECAmb handled some 4,700 calls across its region.

This year, more than 100 staff and volunteers are expected to walk together in the parade on Saturday 3 August alongside a specially-wrapped ambulance featuring a unique Pride design. The Trust is also welcoming representatives from all of England’s ambulance services as well as colleagues from other NHS trusts.

SECAmb, which will host the National Ambulance LGBT Network at its HQ in Crawley the day before, also had a strong presence at the annual Trans Pride event at Brunswick Square in Hove, (20 July). Led by Acting Chair of the Pride in SECAmb staff network, Steph Meech, staff and volunteers demonstrated and taught CPR and first aid skills to the public.

The event followed on from a well-attended Trans Awareness session that was held at the Trust’s Crawley HQ in Crawley on Friday 19 July.

Pride in SECAmb was recently recognised by being shortlisted in the employee network group category at the annual enei (Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion) awards which took place earlier this month.

The awards also saw the Trust awarded a silver enei Talent, Inclusion and Diversity Benchmark for the second year running.

Steph Meech said: “We’re expecting another good turnout for the Pride parade. It’s always very humbling to see so many people turn out to cheer and support staff. We’re very proud of everyone who works for SECAmb and this is a great opportunity to celebrate diversity.”

Operating Unit Manager for Brighton, Tim Fellows added: “Pride is a great event for the whole city but it’s also a very busy weekend for staff and volunteers as they work hard to provide people with the help they need.

“I would urge people to help us manage demand by being sensible and looking out for each other. We’re asking people to act responsibly so that they don’t find themselves or others they’re with requiring an ambulance for something which could have been avoided.”

People are urged to stay safe across the weekend by following SECAmb’s summer weather advice here:

SECAmb would like to thank its local Unison branch and Optima Health for sponsoring the Pride ambulance. Designed by local company, Chilli Graphics, the ambulance will be unveiled on Friday 2 August.

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