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We 'Loved Out Loud' at Pride

Category: LGBT, LGBT event, Hospice, Pride 2019, Lgbt diversity, LGBT Community, Pride Month, Pride Event, Birmingham Pride 2019, Birmingham St Mary's Hospice

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What happens if you combine 450 multi-coloured balloons, 76 rainbow flags, 70 face-painted volunteers, seven fantastic hospices and one big mission to promote ‘Hospice Care Is For All’ – well of course, it’s the Hospice Float taking part in the Birmingham Pride parade!

We were incredibly honoured to join six other hospices from across the Midlands at this year’s Birmingham Pride festival, in which we wanted to promote the message that Hospice Care Is For All.

Dozens of hospice staff and volunteers from Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice, St Richard’s Hospice, St Giles Hospice, Mary Stevens Hospice, Compton Care, John Taylor Hospice and the West Midlands’ branch of Marie Curie all walked alongside the decorated float, which helped raise awareness of hospice services among the LGBT community.

Sharon Hudson, who is community development and partnerships lead at Birmingham St Mary’s and who took part in the parade this year, said: “I had an absolute ball joining the Birmingham Pride celebrations with fellow hospices from across the region. We wanted to join in with the ‘Love Out Loud’ celebrations at Pride this year and show that as hospices, we are committed to providing bespoke, person-centred care that meets individual needs.

“Although the UK has made great progress towards equality for LGBT people, it’s saddening to hear that research still shows that for some people, there are still significant barriers when trying to access vital palliative care. There are a number of reasons for this but for many people who grew up in a time when being LGBT carried a heavy stigma, accessing health and social care can be particularly daunting.”

Thank you to all our wonderful volunteers who walked with the float, as well as our big-hearted supporters who cheered us on.

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