Painting the City red
Financial institutions across the City support people living with HIV on World AIDS Day. Buildings were lit up and staff took part in selling red ribbons and a sponsored stair climb.
On Thursday 1 December, London’s financial hub turned ‘red’ to show that the fight against HIV is not over.
The Bank of England, Barclays and Santander joined with others in the city to raise vital funds for Terrence Higgins Trust, the UK’s leading HIV and sexual health charity, which provides support and services for people living with and affected by HIV.
The Bank of England and Santander’s head offices were both lit up in red lighting, to mirror the colour of the World AIDS Day ribbon, while thousands of employees across Barclays and Santander wore the iconic red ribbons to mark this day of remembrance and solidarity.
Barclays had a message of support for World AIDS Day on all of their ATMs across the UK, and raised money with a sponsored stair climb at their head office in Canary Wharf; red ribbon sales in 800 branches and support centres; as well as hosting an evening reception for colleagues in collaboration with Compass Group.
It is estimated that over £40,000 was raised for Terrence Higgins Trust on the day by City workers.
Santander’s head office in Triton Square
Huge medical advances since the 1980s now mean that HIV doesn’t have to stand in the way of living a long and healthy life. But it’s not over.
There are now 101,200 people living with HIV in the UK, more than ever before and one in six people with HIV are living in poverty.
The Bank of England are selling ribbons across their London sites, encouraging staff to wear red and have pop up stalls providing information to staff about World AIDS Day and the work of Terrence Higgins Trust.
Worldpay and AXA in the UK also joined in the fundraising efforts on World AIDS Day with a bake sale and Big Red Quiz as well as selling red ribbons.
Sonya Trivedy, Fundraising Director at Terrence Higgins Trust, said: “We’re really grateful to all of the companies in the City who have got behind World AIDS Day this year to raise money for people living with HIV.
“So much has changed since the 1980s, when so many lives were lost, but there is still a long way to go. Services are being cut, stigma and myths about HIV are still deeply entrenched, and we’re now seeing the first generation to grow old with HIV.
“The vital funds raised by employees across the City enable us to support people with HIV to live long, healthy and happy lives.”