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Boots the Chemist Event St Albans 07 September 2019

Hi all

Last month the wonderful folk at Boots in St Peters Street organised a fundraising day for us on 07 September and donated hundreds of pounds worth of cosmetic goodies for us to raffle.

We are very grateful to Wendy, Elizabeth Arden Account Manager, Store Manager Amanda and her Assistant Manager Molly, for all their hard work.

We raised over £500 on the day and there is a possibility, we are told, that Boots will most likely match this with a donation of £500!

Huge thanks to all involved as well as those who came along to buy a raffle ticket, or make a donation as well as those who donated online via facebook or our website too

The Crescent Team

 

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Busking Day Returns for World AIDS Day 01 December 2019

Hi All,

Apologies for being so quiet on here of late, but don’t worry we haven’t gone away. We are still busy supporting our members and raising aware ness of #HIV in the community.

You may have seen us over the last few months at Harpenden and St Albans railway stations or in Boots #StAlbans last month (see our twitter @CrescentSupport)

The good news is our Busking Day is back for World AIDS Day this year. Sunday 01 December we will be at the Clock Tower in St Albans High Street from 11am as usual with our lovely buskers all donating their time and talent to raise funds for us.

More details will follow shortly, including a list of artists performing on the day. We look forward to seeing you there!

Thanks as ever for your support,

The Crescent Team

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Fundraiser – Butterflies Are Free – By Leonard Gershe, 13 September 2018 7.30pm

Butterflies Are Free by Leonard Gershe – Charity Performance 13 September 2018 at the Abbey Theatre 7.30pm Tickets £15

A charity performance in aid of the Crescent will be held on 13 September 2018 from 7.30 at the Abbey Theatre of Butterflies are Free, a play by Leonard Gershe

“Don Baker, hero of his mother’s children’s book series “Donnie Dark” has been blind from birth. He moves to Manhattan to pursue his ambitions of being a songwriter, and he finds himself living next door to an extrovert actress, Jill – but when his mother comes to visit, she cannot help interfering, with hilarious and touching results”

Tickets are available from the Crescent at £15, (no booking or card fees) you can order by emailing info@thecrescent.org.uk or calling 01727 842532. You can also order and pay for tickets in person at our office, 19 Russell Avenue AL3 5ES during opening hours.

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Our latest article now published on PositiveLite

Dear all,

We have published another update on PositiveLite illustrating our latest endeavours, including the marvellous event at Boots in St Albans with Elizabeth Arden, and details of the fantastic QAVS award too.

A link to the article on how we have managed to keep afloat since funding ceased is here http://positivelite.com/component/zoo/item/when-an-aids-service-organization-loses-its-funding-how-does-it-survive

As you can see we are so reliant upon your support to keep our service going, without you we simply cannot do what we do, so thanks to you all.

We hope to see you at our next events, open day 03 September and a sausage sizzle at Bunnings Lyons Way St Albans on the 14th October, more to follow…

Best wishes

The Crescent Team

 

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The Crescent on BBC 3 Counties with Jim McManus DPH at Herts County Council

Dear all,

We were on BBC 3 counties Friday afternoon with the Director of Public Health at Herts County Council talking about HIV testing, why the County Council wont fund the Crescent and also why Herts Aid don’t provide the service either, despite a huge amount of funding.

You can listen again here http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02x6f74 we are on from 2hrs 20 mins the Roberto Perone Show 31st July on BBC 3 Counties Radio.

As you will hear the Director of Public Health is very reluctant to commit to anything, wouldn’t answer the presenter’s questions about why Herts Aid don’t provide the service, nor why he wont fund us. He seemed more interested in suggesting the Crescent didn’t understand the issues…

We will leave you to decide why Herts County Council refuse to fund us despite Public Health England asking for more community based testing…

The Crescent Team

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Free Postal HIV Testing Available From The Crescent For All

Dear all,

BBC and ITV news yesterday covered the launch of a pilot postal HIV testing service for residents in Birmingham in “At Risk” communities only.

The Crescent is very pleased to see that others are now providing this service and wish the team at HIVTestUK.com and Birmingham Heartlands HIV Service the very best in their endeavours to combat the late diagnosis issues in the Birmingham area. You can read more about the pilot here https://www.hivtestuk.com/hivtestuk-pilot-project-launches-in-birmingham/

We hope that Hertfordshire County Council takes note and implements quickly a similar programme to address the late diagnosis rates in Hertfordshire, particularly in West Herts, where rates are well above national average. Hertfordshire’s Director of Public Health Mr McManus, coincidentally was also a joint Director of Public Health in Birmingham, and so we hope he will follow the direction they have taken without further delay.

We have been raising this issue for some two years, appealing to Mr McManus and Teresa Heritage, Herts County Council Cabinet member for Localism and Health, for funding for our postal service, but without success. Perhaps now there will be a change of direction, we certainly hope so!

Our postal service is not restricted to at risk groups and is free for all residents of Hertfordshire and beyond. It is quick, totally confidential, and very easy to do, we will support you throughout the process too. If you don’t want to test by post we do of course offer onsite instant result HIV testing by appointment.

Contact us on Testing@thecrescent.org.uk, visit our website http://www.thecrescent.org.uk or call us on 01727 842532 to order a kit or find out more about the service.

The Crescent Team

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HYPE Young Persons Group Next Events 25th July and 22nd August 2.30 to 5.30

Hi all,

Next events for our young persons group, HYPE are on 25th July and 22nd August from 2.30 to 5.30. If you are 16- 25 and living with or affected by HIV come along, meet other people in your situation, get support, have fun and relax in a safe environment at the Crescent in St Albans.

Call or email us for more details on 01727 842532 / 848908 / Hype@thecrescent.org.uk

HYPE is a group run both by and for young people living with HIV, currently meeting once a month at the Crescent, 19 Russell Avenue St Albans AL3 5ES.

You will be able to suggest activities you would like to do, play games, watch TV, make friends, get advice, share ideas and hopefully have fun along the way. All free and completely confidential, we look forward to seeing you soon!

The HYPE Team

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