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NHS Flies the Flag for Cumbria Pride 2018

Stephen Eames CEO, Michael Smillie, Kate North at Cumberland Infirmary Carlise

The NHS is flying flags in support of this year’s Cumbria Pride. Pride flags will be raised at a number of NHS sites including Cumberland Infirmary, West Cumberland Hospital and Hilltop Heights in Carlisle as part of the 40 Flags theme of this year’s event.

This year’s theme is 40 Flags-40 Places. Cumbria Pride are helping celebrate 40 years of the Pride flag, and are encouraging 40 towns, villages, businesses and organisations in Cumbria to raise the Pride flag for seven days, showing support for Cumbria’s diverse community and help promote unity and acceptance.

The NHS will have a stand at this year’s event on Saturday 29th September.

Kate North Head of Workforces Future and Inclusion said “We are delighted to be supporting Cumbria Pride again this year together with the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay and are really excited to be marching, flying the NHS flag for the diversity and inclusion! This year in addition to Sexual Health we will also be focusing upon Older People, Dementia and Later Life so come along to our stand and meet some of our amazing staff.

Stephen Eames, Chief Executive of the North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust and Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust said, “We are proud to fly the Pride flag in show of our support for the diversity of our local communities and to champion their work.  As an employer of a large workforce we have established staff networks reflecting a range of diverse groups to help us raise both good practice and concerns in our workforce. It’s a positive commitment for our workforce and communities to see.”

This year’s event on Saturday 29th September will be bigger and better than previous years. The event will start with the Pride march leaving the Civic Centre, Carlisle at 11 am and make its way to the University of Cumbria, Brampton Road campus. The family event starts at 12.30 pm and is open to everyone with lots of activities, fairground rides, rainbow stalls, refreshments, food and music.

Anyone interested in taking part in the march can register for a place by emailing [email protected].

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