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World AIDS Day Events Last Weekend & a New Patron !

Dear All,

A fantastic weekend of events, On Friday we managed to get a huge number of commuters to take Red Ribbons to commemorate World Aids Day, also we collected a very substantial sum from those very kind folk during the day. We were honoured to be joined by our new Patron, Alex Mayer MEP who helped collect and distribute ribbons with us in the afternoon.

An article in the Herts Advertiser about our new Patron and our World AIDS day events here http://www.hertsad.co.uk/news/st-albans-hiv-charity-the-crescent-holds-events-for-world-aids-day-1-5302214

Our Busking Day on Saturday was similarly successful, we had many interesting conversations about HIV and the current issues and raised much awareness with over 1000 ribbons distributed on that day alone.

On Sunday our Sausage Sizzle at Bunnings was similarly busy, so much so that we will be back again on 17th December for another Sizzle at Bunnings in Griffiths Way !

A huge thank you to all who helped with the events, performed at the busking day and distributed ribbons. Most importantly thank you to all those who took a ribbon, donated and those who stopped to find out more about HIV and the Crescent’s work

We simply cannot do what we do without you !

Thanks as ever for your support

The Crescent Team

 

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Elizabeth Arden & Boots St Albans Fundraiser 05 August

Hi all,

Our next fundraiser will be on Saturday 05 August at Boots in St Peters Street St Albans from 10am to 3pm

There will be a raffle to win up to £500’s of beauty essentials, plus makeovers from every cosmetic house (from 10am to 4pm) for a small donation, as well as a top make up artist providing tips and help with makeup from the lovely people at Elizabeth Arden,  and Boots!

Please do come along to find out more about our work, help us keep helping those who are most in need in our community. We look forward to seeing you there!

Thanks as ever for your support,

The Crescent Team

 

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Busking Day 05 December from 11am

Another of our popular Busking days will take place at the Clock Tower in St Albans on Saturday 05 December from 11am to 4pm. A great line up and a surprise celebrity guest is due to make an appearance too.

This event is free aiming to help raise awareness of HIV in our community and of course funds for us via donations to enable us to keep providing services for all, and support those already affected by HIV in our community.

Please do come along, spare some change if you can, we need you as much as ever. Most importantly though find our more about HIV, and what it means to be HIV positive, ask our volunteers for help and advice, collect free condoms.

More information below on the line up of the fabulous local musicians who donate their free time, and immense talent, to make this event such a popular one.

Look forward to seeing you there!

Thanks as ever for your support,

The Crescent Team

Busking Dec 05

 

 

 

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Lots of Coverage for National HIV Testing Week

We were very pleased to be invited to talk on two radio programmes last week.

Firstly we got to talk to the lovely Danny Smith at Radio Verulam on his show West Herts Drivetime about HIV and Stigma in light of the recent coverage about Charlie Sheen revealing his HIV Status.

You can listen again to the show here, from 38 minutes and 22 seconds;

http://listenagain.radioverulam.com/node/19066

Then on Sunday we were talking on BBC 3 Counties radio on the programme “ShrinkWrapped”with our member Blessing talking again about Late Diagnosis, Stigma, Testing, living with HIV and Charlie Sheen.

You can listen again to the show here, from 30 minutes and 22seconds

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03765lc

More on our Busking Day Fundraiser on 05 December and our mini exhibition of the “Stand Tall Get Snapped Project” for World Aids Day coming up…

Thanks as ever for your support, without your kindness and generosity we couldn’t do what we do!

The Crescent Team

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HYPE – Our new group for 16-25 year olds living with or affected by HIV

Hi All,

Our new group for those aged 16- 25 living with or affected by HIV starts this Saturday 20th June from 2.30 at the Crescent in Russell Avenue St Albans AL3 5ES Come along find support, socialise and make friends with others in your situation. It’s your group and you will have input into how, where and when things happen. Lots of different things are planned from movie nights to more out doors stuff, come along, it’s free and all are welcome.

Look forward to seeing you there, for more info please email Hype@Thecrescent.org.uk or call 01727 842532 Click here for more information

See you soon

The Crescent Team

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Crescent Sunday and Tuesday Lunch Events

Dear all,

Here is our Sunday Lunch calendar for 2015. Click Here For Dates >>

Living with or affected by HIV, all are welcome, bring a friend or two if you like, just let us know so we can cater for numbers ! Held at our centre in St Albans these are always very popular.If you cannot make the Sunday events remember we have a lunch every Tuesday from 12.30 too, again all are welcome! 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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Stand Tall Get Snapped Project Exhibition

Hi all,

The Stand Tall Get Snapped Project is now open at St Albans Cathedral from 10am to 15.45 Monday to Saturday and 13.00 to 17.00 Sundays, more details here https://www.stalbanscathedral.org/whatson/exhibitions/stand-tall-exhibition The exhibition will run from 24Th November to 05 December inclusive.

We will also have a cabin in the Christmas Market for World Aids Day Monday 01 December where you can find out more about The Crescent, pick up condoms, ribbons and home HIV sampling testing kits, plus get a ticket for our WAD2014 raffle with some fab prizes including a 40″ flat screen TV!!

Following the exhibition there will be another busking event which will take place on Saturday 06 December, along with a market stall where you can buy raffle tickets, get more info on the Crescent and our services, plus of course be entertained by some really great local acts. This was a very popular event last time, and again this year there will be food and drink kindly donated by the lovely staff at The Boot Inn, who have also provided the marquee too!

We hope to see you at one of the events, or perhaps all !

Thanks 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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