Sussex Police support a High Dependency Unit at Pride

By 10th May 2016 No Comments

Brighton & Hove Police have donated £1,500 to fund the hire of a High Dependency Unit (HDU) at Pride this summer.

Last summer over 300 people used the HDU, including children, people with medical needs, attendees with physical and hidden disabilities and those needing a safe place to change their clothes. The HDU also has features such as a hydraulic lift, changing bed, full-length mirror and basin with running water which also allows people to change in the park, who would otherwise be too fearful to dress publicly for the first time.

More people are expected to use the HDU this summer and LGBT people who otherwise would feel unable to access the event are now able to do so with confidence.

Billie Lewis, Chair of the LGBT Community Safety Forum, said: “It’s brilliant that the Police have decided to support the access needs of the community at Pride. The HDU will play a significant role within the community area at Preston Park ensuring that those who need our support the most will get it. It will also change the way people access their Pride on the day. The facility at the Access Tent shared with the Trans* Community Area and the Family Area will draw different people together again this year. We are passionate about this project and thank the Police for their support.”

Rory Smith, LGBT Liaison for Brighton & Hove Police, said: “I am thrilled that for a third year Sussex Police are able to contribute to the accessibility of Pride by supporting the financing of a HDU at the Access Tent. Pride is a place for all LGBT to be open and celebrate who they are”.

The donation comes from the Police Property Act Fund (PPAF), made up of monies received by the police from property confiscated by order of the court and then sold.

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