Saturday 14th August saw Tremona Care Home resident Derek Webber attend his first-ever Pride.
Despite identifying as gay from an early age and having a long-term partner, Derek had never been to any LGBTQ+ events – but when asked how he wanted to celebrate his 83rd birthday, his wish was to attend Herts Pride in Watford's Cassiobury Park.
L-R: Derek with Drag Queen Vicki Vivacious; plating up a birthday cupcake; meeting Hertfordshire Fire Control Services.
Speaking to the Watford Observer, Tremona Care Home Engagement Lead Margaret Daniels said that she was “honoured” to arrange such a birthday present, continuing: “I thought it’s never too late and you’re never too old to attend Pride – and the fact that Herts Pride was on his birthday made it even better!”
She continued: “Derek was very chuffed to be treated like a celebrity by everyone at the event, with people keen to wish him a happy birthday and pose for photos with him. It really made his day!”
As an advocate of acceptance, identity, and inclusion, Tremona has celebrated Pride – often aligned with Global Pride Day – for now four consecutive years. Up until last week, each Pride has historically taken place within the home with a focus on building awareness around what Pride is, what it stands for, and how it has liberated and cultivated greater visibility of LGBTQ+ individuals in our communities.
Special thanks to: Herts Pride, Herts Police, Herts Police LGBT+, Herts Fire Control, Hertfordshire County Council, Watford Council, Opening Doors London (ODL), and Hertfordshire drag queen, Vicki Vivacious.
Pride and other inclusive events compliment B&M Care’s commitment to equality in employment, reward and recognition, encouraging diversity in both those we care for, and those delivering our exceptional care standards.
B&M Care has zero tolerance for any form of discrimination; we promote integration, profile fairness, and celebrate an individual’s unique qualities.