Hospitals celebrate with Pride picnics

Staff at Southend, Basildon and Broomfield hospitals have celebrated Pride month with special picnics at each site.

To maintain social distancing and keep everyone safe, the picnics were held outdoors on grassy areas, with staff making the most of the beautiful weather.

There were special rugs available to use, and delicious picnic packs were provided for the hard-working NHS staff. And the Mayors from each borough also made an appearance to join in the celebrations and to thank staff for everything they do.

Rob Brunger, head of inclusion and engagement at Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust, said: “It’s crucial that during these unprecedented times we still celebrate what this day means to our LGBTQ+ staff across our hospitals. These picnics are marking the time of year when thousands of people would ordinarily be gearing up for the Pride season.”

Every year, during the month of June, the LGBTQ+ community celebrates in a number of different ways. Across the globe, various events are held to recognise the influence LGBTQ+ people have had around the world.

Paediatric matron, Suzanne Reynolds, said: “This celebration is an accumulation of all of the work that the LGBTQ+ community has done in the country to get this far. They’re truly leading the way on making positive change. Being here actually fills me with pride. Pride really shows how much we care for each other and how we can come together and unite.”

Celebrations at Basildon with mayor David Burton-Sampson second left

Mick Ferris

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