RESIDENTS and staff at a Bournemouth care home came together to celebrate diversity at a pride party.

Queensmount Bupa Care Home had been exploring themes of inclusion, and residents confirmed they’d love to celebrate it ahead of National Coming Out Day on Monday.

Vijay, one of the Queensmount kitchen team, did a presentation prior to the party on the history of drag queens in the UK and their role in the LGBTQ+ rights movement. Residents were so inspired that they chose to pay homage to the drag community and dress up for their pride party.

Care home resident, Dorothy Prym, said: “After hearing Vijay speak about the incredible history of drag performance in the UK, we wanted to inject a little bit of glamour into our own lives. Our families brought costumes and makeup for us to wear, and we truly celebrated in style.”

The residents and staff came together to plan the party, with residents making their own decorations and helping plan the food and drink for the day.

Rainbow cocktails and mocktails, made from pureed fruit, were provided alongside a buffet, featuring Pride-themed cupcakes.

The party featured live music from local musician, Paul Spencer, who – according to resident, Jean Simmonds – “really got the party started”.

Another resident, Mike Davey, added: “The Pride party was so much fun. From the costumes to the drinks and music, we had a brilliant time.

“It was great to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community and I hope we continue to plan activities and events that celebrate inclusivity.”

Claudia Carvel, home manager at Queensmount Care Home, said: “Pride is all about raising awareness of the LGBTQ+ community, encouraging inclusivity, and showing support. We wanted to celebrate the fact that we as a home encourage everyone to be themselves. The result was a wonderful party where everyone joined in and had a brilliant time.

“The residents and staff alike talked about it for days afterwards. The spirit of Pride is certainly alive here at Queensmount.”