HIV charity urges Nottingham to Stand Up and Stand Out for World AIDS Day
HIV and sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust is calling on the people of Nottingham to stand up against HIV-related stigma this World AIDS Day (1st December). To mark the occasion, the charity is putting on a number of events as part of its Stand Up, Stand Out campaign. The campaign aims to raise funds for people living with HIV and banish the stigma that still exists around the condition today.
There are now around 100,000 people living with HIV in the UK – more than ever before. World AIDS Day is an international event that has been running since 1988 and is dedicated to raising awareness of HIV and AIDS.
Terrence Higgins Trust has a number of events and activities planned in Nottingham this World AIDS Day and is asking local people to get involved in the following ways:
Friday 30th November – 7.30pm to midnight
Nottingham Contemporary’s Café/Bar, Weekday Cross, Nottingham, NG1 2GB
Rastarell Falade of Cultural Vibrations, Nottingham, will be holding an awareness and fundraising event in Nottingham Contemporary’s Café/Bar. Entrance is free and there will be live musical entertainment from various local bands and DJs, a charity raffle, various stalls and taster massage sessions. Proceeds will be shared between Terrence Higgins Trust Nottingham and the Nottingham Hardship Fund. Terrence Higgins Trust will also have a stand with information and resources on sexual health services, red ribbons and free condoms. Terrence Higgins Trust encourages everyone to wear their favourite red clothing to show their support for World AIDS Day.
Saturday 1st December – 10am to 4pm
Asda, 184 Loughborough Road, West Bridgford, Nottingham, NG2 7JA
Terrence Higgins Trust staff and volunteers will be raising funds and awareness, and giving out red ribbons in Asda, West Bridgford. They will also be out in force fundraising in Nottingham city in the evening on Friday 30th December and during the day on Saturday 1st December.
People can also organise their own red themed event or sell red ribbons to raise funds to support people living with HIV. Visit www.tht.org.uk/worldaidsday for more information and fundraising ideas, to order your free box of red ribbons or to make a donation online.
Mick Mason, Regional Manager for Terrence Higgins Trust in the Midlands, said: “A third of people with HIV in the UK say they have experienced discrimination because of their condition – this is something that urgently needs to change. By joining our Stand Up, Stand Out campaign this year, the people of Nottingham have a chance to help us banish HIV-related stigma for good. There are so many ways to take part, from joining in one of our events, to planning your own activities, to simply making a donation or wearing a red ribbon to show your support.
“The funds we raise this World AIDS Day will help people with HIV access the support and services they need.”
For more information on World AIDS Day events or Terrence Higgins Trust’s services in Nottingham please contact Sandra Spence on (0115) 882 0121 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.