Trust celebrates diversity with largest ever Pride turnout

With a huge turnout from South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAmb) staff, record numbers walked for the Trust in the Brighton and Hove Pride parade, along with volunteers and representatives from other ambulance services nationally.

A total of 187 people walked alongside a specially-decorated ambulance, kindly sponsored by the Trust’s Unison and GMB unions. The Trust also experienced a busy weekend operationally with staff in its Emergency Operations Centres and ambulance crews on the road working hard to respond to patients.

The sustained hot weather saw SECAmb handle some 6,400 calls at the weekend across its region of Kent, Sussex and Surrey.

SECAmb would like to thank everyone who cheered on its representatives in the Pride parade as well as its operational staff and volunteers who worked throughout the busy weekend.

Chair of Pride in SECAmb Will Bellamy said: “We had an amazing turnout for the parade and the support of the community was very touching. It was great to be joined by colleagues from other ambulance services and NHS organisations as the NHS celebrated its 70th year. We’re very proud of the diversity of SECAmb and it is right that we celebrate it.”

Paramedic and Clinical Supervisor Ruth Copeman-Barnes said: “I have never worked for such an inclusive employer, and this is displayed through the diverse workforce and by the wonderful participation in the Brighton Pride parade. Marching as an NHS Paramedic holding my wife’s hand is the proudest feeling ever, and in turn makes me so very proud to work for SECAmb.”

SECAmb Community First Responder Beverly-Jayne Last said: “With 187, we were the biggest entrant in the parade and received the warmest love and support from the crowds. I am honoured and proud to be a volunteer with SECAmb and to walk alongside such dedicated and hardworking colleagues.”

Operating Unit Manager for Brighton, Tim Fellows added: “We know that Pride weekend is always very busy and with the hot weather added in our staff and volunteers worked especially hard. I’d like to thank everyone for their dedication and professionalism.”