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Support for Isle of Wight Pride

Isle of Wight Pride are delighted to welcome new sponsors Ascensos to join those already supporting the charity throughout the year and for the day of celebration on 16th July.

Ascensos is the world’s leading independent customer management provider, currently employing more than 3,500 colleagues across a network of offices in Glasgow, the Isle of Wight, Cape Town, Bucharest, Antalya and Istanbul.

Ascensos is sponsoring the Pride Community Village, along with developing a year-round relationship to support and encourage greater Equality and Diversity in the workplace and on the Island.

For Claire Sixsmith, Business Unit Director (Isle of Wight), supporting community-led initiatives, like Isle of Wight Pride, is a natural fit with the values of Ascensos. She said: “Ascensos is an LGBTQ+ friendly workplace. As a company, we are committed to championing diversity and inclusion across all our sites and actively encourage every colleague to show up as their authentic self at work.

“We’re delighted to celebrate this year’s Pride event alongside our key retail partner Wickes, who will join us as we raise awareness and support the LGBTQ+ community during Pride weekend”.

Also joining Pride’s valued Island supporters this year are Hose Rhodes Dickson, the Isle of Wight’s leading independent estate agency who have been selling and letting property for over 30 years.  Lisa Mercer, Associate Director of Hose Rhodes Dickson said “We are proud to sponsor this year’s Isle of Wight Pride, Hose Rhodes Dickson are an organisation that values the contribution that all people, no matter their gender identity, sexual orientation or background to give towards a safer and inclusive society.”

Ryde Town Council have also provided a generous grant and help to enable the event to take place and keep the seafront entertainment ticket free. Cllr Michael Lilley, Mayor of Ryde said “We are delighted to continue Ryde’s wonderful relationship with IW Pride. The colour, the passion, the parade and all of the Pride activities bring an incredible, palpable energy to the town and it is fantastic that the community comes together to be such an integral part of the festivities. We look forward to Ryde remaining as IW Pride’s home for many years to come!”

Continuing to support Isle of Wight Pride since the first parade in 2017 are Hovertravel, Southern Vectis, Visit Isle of Wight and Wightlink.

Chartered Certified Accountants, Apple Accountancy Limited have also become activity involved in assisting the organisation of the day of Pride, along with House of Huns who have coordinated all the fabulous entertainment.   Joe Lee said: “Apple Accountancy are again proud to support IW Pride in its endeavour to bring the positive message of inclusiveness to the Island. Visibility is a vital part of their work and we’re very much looking forward to the Pride Party, 50 years following the first ever Pride in the UK”

Ryde Castle is offering support facilities on the day, along with Bar 74 and Coburgs providing additional entertainment over the weekend.

Isle of Wight Pride said: “We are so grateful for the support of the local business, without whom Pride on the Island would not happen.  Working with our team of volunteers, together we are able to stage a day of celebration and activities to support the community on the Island all year round.”