Trust aiming to raise AIDS awareness

A SEXUAL HEALTH charity is hoping to raise awareness of HIV and AIDS in Eastbourne.

The Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) wants local people to get involved in its World AIDS Day campaign next month.

Running annually since 1988, it takes place on December 1 and is held with the aim of raising vital cash for the charity’s work, supporting local sufferers and improving the public’s general know-how about the incurable disease.

Together, HIV and AIDS affect more almost 100,000 in the UK – with 20 people a day being diagnosed with the condition.

THT staff will be taking to the streets of Eastbourne on November 30 handing out red ribbons which people are encouraged to wear on World AIDS Day in much the same way as poppies are donned on Remembrance Sunday.

There will also be collection buckets, fundraising and information hand-outs – with Eastbourne Station the main focus for the awareness drive, during morning and evening rush hours.

And on World AIDS Day itself, the charity is holding a support evening for local sufferers.

The location is not being announced until nearer the time but anyone interested in attending should call 01323 649927.

It will take place between 2pm and 5pm here in town and will include a host of guest speakers who will talk about a range of issues surrounding HIV. There will also be cream teas.

Sue Peters, regional manager for THT in the south, said, “Our World AIDS Day message this year is Stand Up, Stand Out and we would love people to join with us in raising awareness about HIV and generating vital funds to support people living with the virus.

“It’s a great opportunity for the community to get involved and mark World AIDS Day, so please take part by either attending or holding an event, making a donation or simply wearing a red ribbon.

“With your support this December we can reach out to even more people who need us.”

Anyone who fancies organising their own fundraiser or event, or who can sell red ribbons, should visit www.tht.org.uk/worldaidsday or call the above number.

Alternatively, email info.eastbourne@tht.org.uk.