Whitstable care home flies the rainbow flag for local Pride event

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A Whitstable care home held a very special celebration to mark LGBTQ+ Pride.

Care UK’s Harrier Lodge, on Thanet Way, hosted a rainbow-themed garden party to join in with local Pride celebrations.


On the day, the home’s garden was adorned with Pride flags and inclusivity messages, while residents had the opportunity to tap their feet and sing along to iconic LGBTQIA+ anthems from across the decades.   

Residents were also treated to a tasty barbecue, delicious mocktails and fruity drinks, all specially prepared by the home’s chef. Accompanying the sunshine in the garden was a range of activities, including cake decorating, flag making, singing and dancing, which all promoted the message of inclusivity for residents to take part in. 

Diane Collins, Home Manager at Harrier Lodge said: “Here at Harrier Lodge, we are committed to ensuring the home is a welcoming and supportive place for everyone, which is why we were delighted to be able to show our support with a special Pride celebration. Regardless of how old or young we are, it’s important that we celebrate our differences and promote living in a society where everyone is free to be who they want to be. 


“Pride offers the perfect opportunity to learn more about the history of the LGBTQIA+ community and it was fantastic to decorate the home with all colours of the rainbow in preparation for the celebration. We were very lucky to have the sun shining too, which only added to the vibrancy of the day!

“We’re already looking forward to getting our rainbow flags out again for our next event.” 

Team members at Harrier Lodge have taken part in equality and diversity training as part of the home’s dedication to creating an open and warm environment, supported by Care UK’s LGBTQ+ Network, which provides training and guidance to team members on related issues, as well as developing an open culture in every care home.

Harrier Lodge is a purpose-built care home which has been designed to enable residents to live active and fulfilled lives, while also promoting independence. The home provides full-time residential, nursing and specialist dementia care for up to 65 older people in Whitstable, and incorporates space for hobby and leisure activities, including its own cinema, hairdressing salon and café. 

For more information about Harrier Lodge, please call Customer Relations Manager, Theresa Mead, on 0203 918 2873, or email theresa.mead@careuk.com

For more general information on Harrier Lodge, please visit careuk.com/harrier-lodge.

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Harrier Lodge

Harrier Lodge

CQC Rating: Good
  • Residential care
  • Dementia care
  • Nursing care
  • Nursing dementia care
  • Respite care
  • End of life care
  • Day club

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