ELFT staff took London by storm with its very own decorated bus joining the LGBT + Pride to a crowd of 1 million people in Central London. 30,000 people joined the parade on Saturday 7 July showing their solidarity with Lesbian, Gay, Bi and Trans people.
ELFT were proud participants with nearly 100 staff and service users. A real show of inclusivity and unity.
The ELFT LGBT+ Staff Network have been working on their plans for months to make it an unforgettable day.
Workshops were held for service users and staff to design banners and t-shirts, an open top bus was sourced, music was chosen.
Andrew Horobin, lead for the Staff LGBT+ network said, " It was a fantastic team effort which really paid off. A few hardy staff were at the C&H Centre for Mental Health at 8am on Saturday to put up our ELFT banners on our Routemaster bus. Our slot in the parade was at 3pm, but before then we met up with all the other ELFT participants, put finishing touches to the bus (balloons, bunting, glitter) and our faces. Rainbow face paint and glitter was certainly the order of the day."
And as the bus set off, accompanied by our fabulous stewards, they were greeted by rapturous applause from the crowd and chants of 'NHS! NHS! NHS!’ And even a few renditions of ‘Happy Birthday!’
The highlight was the stretch of road from Piccadilly Circus to Trafalgar Square, where the crowds were 3 or 4 people deep. CEO Dr Navina Evans was on the bus alongside staff - wearing a Stetson.