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Testing Article in the Herts Advertiser

Dear all,

Another article in the Herts Advertiser about HIV testing and diagnosis rates, see here for more http://www.hertsad.co.uk/news/st_albans_charity_urges_more_people_to_test_for_hiv_1_3988780

Also in the Watford Observer letters page last week talking about the chronic late diagnosis rates that affect west Herts…

Despite asking Herts County Council for funding for testing services for at least the last three years, they have refused to act… We introduced a postal testing service last year that the county council are still thinking about, and that the National Aids Trust recommend… Public Health Minister Jane Ellison announced that the Government is about to introduce a nationwide HIV home sampling service, just like the one we have in place already…

Public Health Minister Jane Ellison said in a news article this week: “We have protected the entire £2.45 million national HIV prevention budget, and have announced the first national home sampling service which will triple the number of sampling kits available.

Article about HIV funding is here

http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2015/03/13/hiv-charities-deeply-concerned-over-allocation-of-hiv-prevention-budget/

So it seems that although we may be a bit low on funds at times it hasn’t stopped us introducing such initiatives, imagine what we could achieve if our funding was reinstated….

Strangely, despite the prevalence rates in west Herts being the highest, and the late diagnosis rates also being the same, way above national average, the County Council’s preferred HIV testing service have introduced a 2 hour testing service on a Saturday.. on the opposite side of the County, in Ware, where both rates are much lower… Whilst we welcome any attempts to encourage people to test regularly for HIV surely this would be better held in high prevalence areas, where late diagnosis rates are some 25% above the national average? just a thought…

Thanks for your support as ever

The Crescent Team

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National Aids Trust Press Release on Late Diagnosis in Hertfordshire

Hi all,

Below is a press release from the National Aids Trust asking Hertfordshire County Council to tackle the chronically high levels of late diagnosis in the County. Some areas have rates of over 25% above the national average, with the majority of these being in the west of the County.

We feel this is proof that the current countywide service is concentrating far too much effort in the East and North and not enough in the West. Figures published by Public Health England show that late diagnosis rates in Three Rivers, 67% Watford 52% St Albans 53% Dacorum 60% whereas North Herts is just 35%…

We really feel it is time Herts County Council and the Herts Valley Clinical Commissioning Group reinstated funding for our testing service that they decommissioned 4 years ago. Please feel free to write/email/tweet your County Councillor and MP asking that this be made a priority!

See a copy of the press release below..

Click Here Hertfordshire – Late Diagnosis rates above national average

Don’t forget if you think you may have been exposed to HIV or haven’t ever tested then you can do so using one of our postal testing kits. The service is entirely free and confidential, you can test at home or at our premises, collect a kit from us or ask for one to be posted to you. the results will be delivered to us after you have posted your sample. Please see our website http://www.thecrescent.org.uk or email testing@thecrescent.org.uk for more details.

Thanks for your support as ever

The Crescent team

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Amazing outcome from our Busking Day and World Aids Day Week

A great outcome from our Busking event, we raised over £1500 which will help us continue our work, a huge thank you to all who helped make the Stand Tall Exhibition, World AIDS Day and our Busking Day a great success. We are truly very humbled by the kind generosity of you all !

http://www.stalbansreview.co.uk/news/11659834.Busking_event_in_St_Albans_raises_more_than___1_500_for_HIV_charity/

A link to the latest article above. Huge thanks to all who have helped keep us going in 2014, those who have volunteered, donated, gifted us and generally assisted us along the way, there are far too many to mention individually but together you make a great support team.

Merry Christmas one and all, and a very Happy New Year too.

See you in 2015,

With love and best wishes

The Crescent Team

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A great review of the Chloe James Fashion Show Fundraiser

Hi All,

A great review of the Chloe James Charity Fashion show here http://stateofadress.com/chloe-james-catwalk-show/ ! The night went so very well and raised an amazing £1500 to which the lovely Annie Brewster our former Mayor added an additional £1000 which is simply fantastic!

We are so very grateful to all those who took part, bought a raffle ticket, to the lovely ladies at Chloe James Lifestyle who worked so hard to put this together for us and of course to Annie Brewster who not only modelled on the night but also contributed such a generous amount to the total too.

St Albans people we salute you and on behalf of all those we support, Thank you !!

More events coming up shortly including a concert, another Busking Day on 06 December, plus a simply wonderful World Aids Day exhibition of the ground breaking Stand Tall Get Snapped photography exhibition at St Albans Cathedral for two weeks from the 24th November to 05 December, a stall in the Christmas Market, street collections in December and more, keep watching this space for more news coming soon !!

Thanks again for your continued support

The Crescent Team

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A Fantastic Fashion Show Night !

Thursday night was a sell out success ! The fashion show held by Chloe James Lifestyle for our benefit was hugely popular! We are so grateful to Donna and Maria from the lovely shop in the High Street, the Cote Brasserie also in St Albans High Street, and The Salon St Albans for all the hard work that went into making the night a great success. We even had Annie Brewster, our Mayor from 2013/14, modelling some of the lovely outfits.

The raffle will be drawn on Monday, so for those of you who still would like a ticket please call the store on 01727843431, or call in at 12 the High Street this weekend, open from 9.30 to 6pm Saturday and 11 to 5pm Sunday. Lots of great prizes including a £200 makeover at The Salon St Albans!

A great review of the evening by someone who was there on the night can be found here http://stateofadress.com/chloe-james-catwalk-show/ Lots of lovely photos included, will post more when we have some too.

Huge thanks from all of us to all of you who participated in the evening, or bought a raffle ticket, we really do appreciate your support, it does make a world of difference to us and allows us to keep doing our vital work.

More news to come in the next few weeks, including another concert, a fantastic exhibition of the Stand Tall Get Snapped Project at St Albans Cathedral for two weeks over the World Aids Day period, a busking day on 06 December at the Clock Tower, a cabin in the Christmas Market in December, street collections, a market stall, so much more to come! Not forgetting of course the talented students from St Columbas College who are working on our behalf to raise funds for their Dragon’s Apprentice challenge this year, more about this here http://www.dragonsapprenticechallenge.com/

Thanks as ever for your support, keep watching this space for updates on the above events up to Christmas and into 2015 !

The Crescent Team

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Listen in this Sunday we will be on BBC 3 Counties from 9.30pm with Chloe James Lifestyle

Dear all,

As previously mentioned we will be on BBC3 Counties this Sunday talking about HIV, Fundraising and of course our forthcoming fashion show being held at the Cote Brasserie High Street St Albans from 7pm This Thursday 02 October. This wonderful event sold out last time so get your tickets quickly from the Chloe James store on 01727843431 or enquiries@chloejameslifestyle.co.uk.

There will also be a raffle with some very lovely prizes so even if you cannot make the night itself you could still buy a raffle ticket to bag yourself a very lovely prize !! We will post a link to listen again after the interview of course.

Chloe James

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Huge thanks to the lovely ladies at Chloe James who have raised so much for local charities with these events, we are very lucky to have been chosen as the recipient of the funds raised for the second time this year. We know how much time and effort has to go into such things, and are very grateful indeed for the hard work expended on our behalf. Big thanks also to the Cote Brasserie for hosting this event for the second time this year.

Hope to see you there,

The Crescent Team

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Our Open Day 21st September – A Great Success !

Dear all,

Our open day last weekend was a really great event filled with good music, lots and lots of lovely homemade goodies, and a great crowd of people. We Were especially honoured to have the Mayor of St Albans City and District Councillor Geoff Haines attend, along with his Mayoress Moira, as well as the Bishop of St Albans, and the Sub Dean of the Abbey Church and Cathedral of St Alban too.

We must say big thanks to Denise Parsons for organising the bands, and of course to the musicians themselves, Tom Craven, Emma McGrath, Steve Dagleish, Neil Stanton and the lovely Starseedz who all donated their time and great skills to ensure the crowd was well entertained. You may see many of these acts again at our forthcoming Busking day in December so keep watching this space for more details on that.

We would also like to thank Emma’s Mum, Kate, our very own Fran and Sarah, for their hard work baking all the tasty treats on offer, and to our volunteers for helping put the day together, and for clearing up afterwards ! Thanks also to all you lovely people who came along, enjoyed cake and the music and found out more about the Crescent and our work. We also raised an amazing £500 on the day with more donations coming in as we type !

Further thanks to Radio Verulam and Lee Evans for the many photographs and interviews with staff and supporters which took place on the day too. A link to some of the many wonderful pictures and a video of our very supportive Mayor can be found here http://www.leeevansvideo.co.uk/first-joint-news-and-filming-event-goes-well-at-the-crescent-st-albans/

We have many events planned for the rest of 2014 including a concert and a busking day, plus a Christmas market cabin by the Cathedral and a huge event is planned for World Aids Day with a high profile exhibition at the Cathedral during November and December… keep watching this space !

Next week (Thursday 02 October from 7pm) we have our fashion show with Chloe James Lifestyle at the Cote Brasserie which is almost sold out, but even if it is, or you cannot make the date, there is a raffle with some simply marvellous prizes some worth £100’s so you could always buy a ticket or two ! Call Donna or Maria at Chloe James on 01727 843431, email enquiries@chloejameslifestyle.co.uk or call into the store at 12 High Street St Albans.

Thanks again for your support

The Crescent Team

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