Nimble NHS knitters – doing it with pride

NHS Knitters - Pride Float

Flower Power | [L to R] Batsi Muteweye, practice educator; Liz Johnson, practice education facilitator; Claire Martin, head of nursing and midwifery education; Julie Hussey, acute and specialty PA; Trish Leahy, practice development nurse.

Nimble-fingered BSUH staff are busy clicking their knitting needles and crochet hooks to decorate their Brighton Pride float with a mile-long garland of woolly flowers.

The knitters and crochet makers aim to produce 1,967metres of floral chain for the Pride event, which is celebrating the 1967 Summer of Love and 50 years since homosexuality was decriminalised.

More than 30 staff will be on the float and 75 will be walking alongside wearing sashes sporting their BSUH job role. The Trust will also have a stall at Pride, 4-6 August, and at Trans Pride, 21-23 July, promoting its staff, apprentice and volunteer recruitment.

Lead chaplain, the Rev Canon Peter Wells, said: “The message is we are a proudly diverse workforce. We want to be welcoming to our staff, patients and visitors, to show we strongly support our local community, and to let people know that BSUH is a good place to work.

“There’s also the fun side too. When you’re working in a hospital environment which can be stressful at times, a strong network of friendships and professional relationships is invaluable. I’m sure Pride will help us to build and strengthen that further.”

This is just one of the ways that BSUH is supporting Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Week 2017, running from 15-19 May 2017.

The initiative has been facilitated by the dedicated BSUH Charity. Donors give to the Charity to make a difference to patients and staff and to enhance the Trust’s care and services. To find out more, check out the BSUH Charity pages on the BSUH Trust website, as well as the charity’s Facebook and Twitter feeds.

Everyone is hoping the BSUH float will… knit people together.