When I was diagnosed with HIV, someone from Terrence Higgins Trust was there ready and waiting if I needed help. While the nurses and doctors at my hospital were fantastic, they didn't have the time to deliver the level of personal, one to one support that Terrence Higgins Trust could. I received counselling and advice sessions and that enabled me to continue studying for my degree while beginning treatment.
Now a few years down the line I've met a few more people that are living with HIV and there's a strong theme in our stories – it’s the amazing work of Terrence Higgins Trust!
For World AIDS Day 2020 I took on a 100km cycle ride all over London. I raised £2,160 using JustGiving, smashing my target of £1,400, and have been raising awareness of my ride via my social media. I’d encourage everyone to get involved in World AIDS Day.
We wanted to do a challenging cycle ride whilst raising money for a worthy charity. We are two gay guys and although both HIV negative, we are strong supporters of PrEP and reducing HIV transmissions, and wanted to fundraise for Terrence Higgins Trust.
We are both amateur cyclists, so to do an 80-mile canal towpath cycle ride in one day was a big challenge for us! On top of the challenge, we added the rainbow-themed attire to draw attention to ourselves and highlight the ride along the way.
It worked in creating a lot of attention and interest along the way, with people giving us money and support as we rode! The day was very sunny and warm and the sense of achievement at the end was so satisfying, in addition to raising £1300 for THT. We finished the ride from Bath to Reading in 11 hours by jumping into the River Thames!”