Volunteers from Thames Water celebrated London’s LGBT community by handing out free tap water at the annual Pride festival on Saturday.
Water stations were manned by Thames Water employees with festival-goers, many wearing colourful and imaginative outfits, flocking to be rehydrated as temperatures in the capital reached around 23C.
The company was also offered a space on the float of engineering company Costain for the parade, where more than 30,000 people marched and danced from Portland Place to Whitehall.
Sarah Gosiewska, Thames Water’s HR and diversity manager, said: “We’re proud of our inclusive culture and working environment that inspires people to respect and value everyone, ensuring everyone feels comfortable to bring their whole selves to work and ultimately striving to provide a great service for our customers.”
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Thames Water, a Stonewall Diversity Champion, regularly supports Pride events and the London parade was the first of three the company will be participating in over the summer.
It will have a tanker at Pride in Swindon on August 10 and Reading on August 31, as well as marching in both parades and sponsoring Swindon’s community stage, the Stephen G Sloan stage.
Jenny Jones, who chairs Thames Water’s LGBT+ and allies network, said: “We’re proud to be ambassadors for Thames Water, championing and supporting LGBT+ people in our workforce and our local communities.
“We’re looking forward to meeting more of our customers and talking about all the work we do every day in the regions we serve.”
The first Pride event in London was run in 1972 and they now take place annually across the country. The parades are family-friendly days out that are open to everyone, whether they identify as LGBT or not.