Eighty colleagues from across Bupa Global and UK, along with their friends and family, proudly represented Bupa at Brighton and Hove Pride 2019 on Saturday (3 August).
Taking part with Bupa’s rainbow flower float through the streets of Brighton city centre, the team showed its support for the LGBTQi+ community and brought the ‘Be you at Bupa’ diversity and inclusion commitment to life.
Mark O'Dwyer, Managing Director for Bupa Global, said: "It was a wonderful experience to be part of our Brighton Pride team this year. To see so many happy smiling faces on the floats, amongst the walkers and in the crowds was incredible. Brighton was at its best!"
Michelle Allan, Customer Fulfilment Governance Manager, said: “Thanks to all who made my family and I feel so welcome.”
Sarah Jacobs, Learning Business Partner, added: “We celebrated 50 years of Pride in style. Those who attended will have seen why this event is so important. It is a celebration as well as a reminder of the awful challenges that people around the world are dealing with every day. It was great to keep flying the flag.”
Bupa sponsors Brighton Pride beach clean
Bupa Global has a large workforce in Brighton. As part of its commitment to contribute to the communities in which we live and work, it is invested in keeping the city clean. Bupa Global therefore co-sponsored the first ever Big Pride Silent Disco Beach Clean with Brighton Pride, organised by Ocean’s 8 Brighton on Sunday (4 August).
More than 1,000 volunteers, including Bupa colleagues, signed up to the beach clean, clearing litter from Pride revellers. Over two tonnes of litter was collected from two 1km stretches of Brighton beach, along with 500 bags of litter that were manually sorted to maximise recycling. The mammoth effort resulted in 1.5 tonnes of plastics, metal and glass litter being recycled and 500kg of unrecyclable-litter incinerated for energy.
Elisa McGarry, CRS & Communications Manager, said: “Cleaning the beach after Pride felt like a worthwhile contribution to our community. It was fantastic to see so many people getting involved from residents and local businesses, to students and visitors in Brighton.
"Pride is an important event, which we want to help make positive and sustainable for everyone, so that we can continue the tradition for years to come.”