On Saturday 8th July 2017 Hestia took part in Pride in London 2017 to celebrate diversity of staff, volunteers and service users.

In total, 20,000 people from over 300 organisations walked 1.4 miles from Portland Place through Regent Street before ending in Whitehall.

Hestia’s involvement in the parade had been facilitated by Hestia’s LGBTQ+ Network. Launched in 2016, the network raise awareness of LGBTQ+ issues within Hestia, promote visibility and equality and to support each other. Hestia is proud to support the inclusion of service users and volunteers in all events.

Chaired by Cosimo Matteini, Volunteer and Befriending Coordinator, said the day was a huge success for the organisation.

“It was such a great day! It was the first time Hestia attended Pride in London and it was an important achievement a year after the LGBTQ+ network was started.”

“It was wonderful that a mixture of staff, volunteers, service users, family and friends were able to attend and celebrate diversity together. It was an empowering feeling walking along the streets of Central London with a joyous crowd of people.”

Security

Security concerns had been addressed by the Metropolitan Police to ensure a safe march would go ahead.

“I was worried about how many people were going to turn up, especially over security concerns. However I didn’t need to as there were thousands and thousands of people. They came from every corner of London and from all over the world. They smiled, cheered, laughed and danced. I think all agreed today that ‘love is love’.”

Hestia are looking forward to seeing everyone at Pride in London 2018!!

Find out more about Hestia’s LGBTQ+ network here:

For more information, please contact:

Lindsey Rennard,
Interim Director of Fundraising & Communications
lindsey.rennard@hestia.org
07875 672 429

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