Friday 22nd May 2015 – 12.15pm – Claire Brown.
West Midlands Ambulance Service will be flying the flag and bringing along its turtle mascot to celebrate Birmingham Pride this weekend.
It will be the second year members of the Trust’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Network will take part in the parade to support the region’s LGBT communities.
John Renshaw, a Birmingham-based Paramedic Clinical Team Mentor and member of the working group, said: “Last year was the first time the Trust was represented at any Pride event so we’re pleased to be supporting Birmingham Pride once again this year.
“Not only will there be members of staff from the Trust’s LGBT Network, we’ve also got a very special guest attending this year. Our mascot, Lloyd the paramedic turtle, will be celebrating throughout the weekend.
“We’ll be joining forces again with colleagues from West Midlands Police’s LGBT network and will be sharing a stand. Not only will be handing out freebies and providing useful advice about using 999, we’ll have an ambulance parked up so people can jump on board and explore it.
“If you’re coming to Pride, don’t forget to come and say hello to show your support!”
To keep up-to-date with the team’s progress at Pride this weekend, follow @wmasLGBT or @wmaslloyd on Twitter. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #imetlloyd on Twitter if you get to meet our mascot!
Notes to Editors:
Photo one – preparing for last years’ Pride (left to right): LGBT Network members Adam Layland, John Renshaw and Adam Aston.
Photo two – WMAS’ Mascot Lloyd the Paramedic Turtle