Brighton & Hove Albion help The Sussex Beacon reach fundraising goal on match day

On Saturday 26th November, local HIV charity The Sussex Beacon will be fundraising at the Brighton & Hove Albion home match against Fulham, having been chosen as one of the club’s charity partners this year.

Staff and volunteers from The Sussex Beacon will be out in force on match day collecting donations from football fans and raising awareness of both HIV and the charity.

Simon Dowe, CEO of The Sussex Beacon said, “We’re delighted to have the support of the club and can’t wait to get out there on match day. All the money raised by the bucket collection will go directly towards helping people living with HIV, so if you’re at the game, please look out for us in our bright pink tabards and donate if you can. Football fans small change can make a big difference.”

Paul Barber, Brighton & Hove Albion Chief Executive, added, “As a club we are proud to support The Sussex Beacon as one of our two official charity partners, and Saturday’s game will hopefully raise some much-needed funds for the tremendous work they do across the county. I would encourage our fans to give generously, to what is an incredibly good cause.”

The Sussex Beacon provides specialist support and care to over 500 people living with HIV a year, offering both inpatient and outpatient services to improve health and promote independence. Those using the charity’s services may be facing serious HIV related illnesses, dealing with mental health issues or struggling to cope with the side effects of new drug regimes. Recently rated ‘outstanding’ by the independent health regulator, The Sussex Beacon provides first class care and support to those in need. To find out more visit

Legends raise over £800 for The Sussex Beacon at Birthday Bash

Legends, one of Brighton’s top gay venues, celebrated its 23rd Birthday on Sunday 13th November by holding a fundraising event in aid of The Sussex Beacon. The event raised over £800 for the charity.

Lola Lasagne, Miss Jason, Dave Lynn & Maisie Trollette and Davina Sparkle all took to the stage throughout the day to entertain the crowds.

Simon Dowe, Chief Executive of The Sussex Beacon said “This was a fab event and we’re so grateful to Legends for using it as an opportunity to raise money for us. I want to say a big thank you to all those people who put their hands in their pockets and donated.  All the money raised will go directly towards helping people living with HIV in Sussex.”

Staff from The Sussex Beacon present to nurses at the RCN

On November 28th, Clinical Director of The Sussex Beacon, Jason Warriner, is addressing members of the public at an event entitled ‘HIV and sexual health services then and now’. The event is being chaired by The Sussex Beacon’s Chief Executive, Simon Dowe and will be held at the Royal College of Nursing in London.

Jason, an HIV specialist nurse, will talk about HIV services today and what can we learn about the future of public health from the recent history of the AIDS epidemic.

Jason said “Nurses have often been at the forefront of developing care and services for people living with HIV. This presentation will be focusing on their role in the past, the present and the future. Events like this help us share our specialist HIV knowledge with colleagues nationally and also raise awareness of The Sussex Beacon and the work we do locally.”

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The Sussex Beacon urges people to get tested for HIV this National HIV Testing Week

Local charity The Sussex Beacon is urging people to get tested for HIV this National HIV Testing Week. Testing week runs from November 19th – 25th this year and the aim is to raise awareness of HIV and increase testing, particularly among high-risk groups including gay men and the African community.

Around 17% of people living with HIV are unaware they have it and the majority of new infections are as a result of these individuals unknowingly passing the virus on.

Simon Dowe, CEO of The Sussex Beacon said, “Too many people are diagnosed with HIV late. These people may face serious health complications as a result, or may pass the virus on. If you think you might have been at risk, please take the test. It will either put your mind at rest, or get you the treatment you need to stay well. It could be the most important test you ever take.”

The team from The Sussex Beacon will be raising awareness and urging people to test throughout the week, both directly and via social media. At the end of the week, on November 26th, The Sussex Beacon will be at a Brighton & Hove Albion football match as the club’s charity partner and will be using that opportunity to get the testing message across too.

HIV testing is free and completely confidential. Testing methods vary and people may be offered a swab, a rapid finger prick test or a blood test.  To find out where to take a test locally visit or Alternatively, to get a sampling kit to use at home visit

National Testing Week is coordinated by HIV Prevention England. Visit the National Testing Week website here:

The Sussex Beacon provides specialist support and care for people living with HIV. The charity provides both inpatient and outpatient services to promote independence and improve health. For more information visit

Halloween Horror Show raises almost £35,000 for The Sussex Beacon

On Friday 28 October, The Sussex Beacon held a Halloween Horror Show fundraising ball at the Grand Hotel, Brighton raising almost £35,000 for the charity.

The evening was hosted by Duncan James from Blue and had a ‘Circus of Thrills’ theme which combined cabaret, burlesque and circus for an unforgettable night. International cabaret superstar Dolly Rocket was the ring master for the evening and Duncan James was her strapping assistant, in charge of the circus freaks, ghosts and ghouls from the Brighton Academy who entertained guests with music and dancing. Local divas, The Sundaes and Jenna Hall also performed live sets bringing many guests dressed up in Spooktacular Halloween costumes to the dancefloor.

Simon Dowe, Chief Executive of The Sussex Beacon said, “Some of our guests looked truly terrifying, but they were also incredibly generous! We’re delighted with the total raised on the night, boosted by our skillful auctioneer David Hill, which will go towards supporting people living with HIV. We want to thank everyone who attended and the people who worked so hard to make the event spectacular. We’re incredibly grateful for the support of our headline sponsor ‘City Cabs’ together with all our ball partners and guests who made the night such a huge success.”

The Sussex Beacon worked with leading entertainment design agency the E3 Group to produce the fundraising ball, which has been acclaimed by many as the best Halloween Horror Show to date.

If you attended the event and would like to purchase photos from the evening please visit Proceeds of print sales are being donated to The Sussex Beacon.

The Sussex Beacon provides specialist support and care for people living with HIV. It provides both inpatient and outpatient services to promote independence and improve health. For more information visit or email

Journalists who would like further information, or photographs can contact Sally Sharpe on 07734 130 524 or email