Summer 2018 has been a big one for Post Office as we’ve publicly declared our support for the LGBT+ community by attending three Pride events up and down the UK. Read Andrew Morley’s blog about his experience Chesterfield Pride where we were the main sponsors of the event.
Over 5000 people turned up to this year’s Chesterfield Pride event which is in its 4th year.
It was a colourful event and had a real party atmosphere. The artists on the main stage for which Post Office was the main sponsor, varied from local, talented singers to chart topping artists. The crowd was very mixed. There were members of the LGBT community along with their friends, family and of course, the Post Office Pride Team.
We decided to raise much needed funds for a local charity that supports 13 to 19 year olds dealing with various LGBT issues including homelessness and mental health care. Derbyshire LGBT+ Youth Group has had their funding slashed by over 90%.
We arrived at 9:30am to set up our stand for the gates opening at 12pm for V.I.P’s and 1pm for everyone else. The stock van looked amazing, wrapped in the Pride colours and was well received by the crowds of people. It was right next to our stand and was used as a backdrop for many a photo on the day. The stage was directly in front of us and was a hive of activity with stage hands setting up and carrying out sound checks. We cheekily asked if they could get one of our Pride T-Shirts signed by the artists which they kindly organised. This is now framed and takes pride of place in Future Walk. Our 20ft Post Office banner stood out as the backdrop of the stage, along with a huge mirror ball hanging overhead.
We frantically filled our tables with tombola prizes, which would appeal to the younger audience. We had a prize raffle which included some amazing prizes. There was free squash with a message to stay hydrated. This was very popular, not only with the children but with people of all ages who helped themselves as it was a scorching summers day. We handed out free sweets, balloons, pens, keyrings and more. Our stand was very busy and was a great success. There were Post Office Pride balloons as far as the eye could see.
Our Social Media Team created a colourful Post Office themed Snapchat filter especially for the day which could only be used during the event. We had chalk boards with pre-written statements for those who wanted to pose for a picture and tell us what Pride means to them. We also had a blank chalk board for those who wanted to write their own statement.
We all had a fun day. We danced along to the music. We clapped and cheered with the crowd when a new artist came on stage. Then it was our turn to go on stage. Now I know what stage fright feels like. Luckily Alison Bolsover volunteered to make a speech on behalf of the Post Office and the crowd went wild. I’m sure we received the biggest cheer.
Most importantly, after carrying out a pre-Pride raffle in Future walk on Wednesday 11th July and the fund raising at Chesterfield Pride on the 22nd July, we managed to raise £851.66 which we are currently looking into match funding. Thank you to everyone who helped us make this possible. The funds raised are vital in keeping this much needed Youth Group running in Chesterfield. See you there in 2019.
And our Post Office Pride celebrations aren't over! We're going to Bolton Pride on 23 September where we're the main sponsor. We'd love to have as many colleagues there as possible to join us in our celebrations. Let us know you're interested in attending by signing up with this link!