Celebrating freedom across the region

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Celebrating freedom across the region

Thames Water’s rainbow flag was flying high throughout a hectic schedule of Pride events.

Last weekend’s Reading Pride event was the fourth festival of the summer which the water company had sponsored, following the Oxford, Swindon and London events.

Volunteers from across the company donned colourful clothing and headed to the four celebrations during the summer months to celebrate and promote equality for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT+) community.

As well as promoting the message of equality, the volunteers also manned a stall spreading the message of water efficiency, and at Reading’s festival on September 2 organised several hydration stations to provide free water to those attending.

Celebrating freedom across the region

Tanya O’Doherty, who helped organise Thames Water’s role in the festival, said: “It was a popular fabulous day and it was a fantastic opportunity to promote Thames and engage with our customers. 

“The weather was great and I felt very proud to work for Thames. 

“Having the hydration station there went down really well and gave us an opportunity to speak to customers about what we do and the importance of staying hydrated in addition on how we are utilising new technology all the time. 

“So a big thank you to those who helped make that happen.”

Swindon’s Pride festival, which was held on July 29, was an extra-special celebration as it was its 10th anniversary.

Kathryn Brooke-Dean, diversity and inclusion lead for retail, said: “We had a great day at Swindon Pride, celebrating diversity and freedom in the Old Town Gardens. 

“As one of the main sponsors of the event, we spent the day promoting recruitment opportunities at Thames Water and showing our new diversity video, which is all about us being an employer that promotes diversity and respects and values everyone.”

London’s celebration was on July 8, with the Oxford festival held on June 3.