LETTER: HIV awareness event at Bar7

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I’m a sexual health nurse at Crawley Hospital and help run the HIV clinic. The need for the group came about as there were so many people locally who wanted to meet others in the same position as them.

We raise money by fundraising events, half marathons. The biggest event in our calendar is the World AIDS day event held at Bar7. The money raised goes towards our running costs - we rent out a room at the Charis centre and a few refreshments and we have a basic website.

This year our event is on November 29.

We are hoping to raise awareness around HIV. Maybe people will see this and consider the test they have been putting off. Also we’d like to remind people that HIV doesn’t just affect people who are from sub-saharan Africa or that it only affects gay men. HIV is an equal opportunities virus.

Your article on 27th October highlighted that Crawley has the highest rate of infection in West Sussex. HIV isn’t a popular cause to raise awareness or funds for. Maybe some of the reason is that people think that it could never happen to them, or that it links with sex.

We are desperately looking for prizes for the raffle on the night. We are also holding an auction. We would like to appeal to local businesses and people to see if they can help.

Amanda Bryden, sexual health nurse, Crawley Hospital. Email: gowest@gmail.com

Humanitarian crisis motion

How grateful we are to all Crawley Borough Councillors for passing their motion ‘Addressing the Humanitarian Crisis’ unanimously.

It called for both national and international strategies to deal with the causes and the consequences of the ongoing crisis.

The wording is realistic: “Many residents are feeling that they too struggle to survive in the aftermath of the recession.”

They call on local, county and national bodies to work together “with resources to be made available to meet the needs of both refugees and existing local residents.”

Our group’s motto , chosen by a dying Crawley school student, is Join the Human Race. There is only one human race. This is an international crisis and will be best dealt with, constructively, by attitudes like our council’s.

Jill Hathaway, Crawley Campaign Against Racism

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