Staff and volunteers from The Sussex Beacon raised over £750 with bucket collections on World AIDS Day (December 1) this year.
Fundraisers were at Brighton train station and at The Sussex Beacon’s shops on London Road and St James’s Street, raising awareness of HIV, handing out red ribbons and collecting donations.
Simon Dowe, Chief Executive of The Sussex Beacon said, “We want to say a huge thank you to everyone in Brighton who donated this World AIDS Day and to those who wore their red ribbon to raise awareness. Your donations will go directly towards helping people living with HIV locally.”
World AIDS Day is held on 1 December each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day and the first one was held in 1988. The red ribbon was the first awareness ribbon ever created, and is now used in a different colour by many other causes.
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.