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July & August Sausage Sizzles with Bunnings Griffiths Way St Albans

The two “Sausage Sizzles” this month raised over £500 for essential services !

Our next “Sausage Sizzles” are on 07 July, then we have more on 04 & 05 August, and 18 & 19 August too, more dates to follow of course…

We hope to see you at one or more !

Thanks as ever for your continued support, and to our good friends at Bunnings too.

The Crescent Team

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Vote for the Crescent as you shop!

Hi all,

The Crescent has signed up to my favourite voucher codes!

My Favourite Voucher Codes is a discount code company, who offer online shoppers the chance to save money on high street brands such as Argos and Debenhams. Each month the company donate 20% of their profits to charity; choosing three charities in one area of the UK each month – and the Crescent will be one of three nominated charities for October.

All you need to do to vote is simply visit the My Favourite Voucher Codes homepage and you will find the charity poll on the right hand side (or at the bottom on mobile devices). Voting is completely free and there is no need to sign up – simply click on The Cresent to cast your vote! If you do use any of the vouchers on offer however, then you can help add to the donation, as each voucher used contributes to the final amount.

Either way The Crescent wins, and you don’t need to do anything to vote other than visit My Favourite Voucher Codes to vote for free, so get clicking on that mouse and swiping on your tablet or phone to help the Crescent keep helping others. The Crescent has signed up to my favourite voucher codes!

Please Vote Now, Click Here !

Thanks as ever for your support, please share this as far and wide as you can,

The Crescent Team

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Mayor of St Albans to Parachute Jump for the Crescent

Update !! The jump is to take place on 15 June as the earlier date was cancelled due to bad weather conditions … Still time to  Donate here >>>

Hi all,

Amazing news, our wonderful Mayor of St Albans, Councillor Salih Gaygusuz and our Trustee Denise Parsons are to perform a parachute jump to raise funds for us at Cambridge airfield on 18th May more details in the flyer here CHARITY PARACHUTE JUMP you can donate online via the crowdfunder link here Crowdfunder Crescent Parachute Jump, by the Crescent website Donate to the Crescent or at any of the many collection tins currently being distributed in shops and cafes around St Albans.

We are hugely grateful to the Mayor and Denise for their efforts on our behalf, and their bravery ! Another reason why St Albans is a wonderful city to live and work in, the people are fantastic and so very generous !

More updates to follow on this exciting event soon.

Thanks as ever for your support,

The Crescent Team

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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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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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Sainsbury’s St Albans – Our nomination – Vote for us !

Hi all,

We have reached the final three in the Sainsbury’s local charity scheme !

Here is an excerpt from the Sainsbury’s website which explains more;

During May and June, our stores will select a shortlist of local registered charities for our customers to vote on. The charity with the most votes will be selected and supported over the next 12 months through fundraising and volunteering.

We have been very fortunate to reach this stage and we need you now to vote for us, the charity with the most votes (online or instore) will be the chosen charity for the next 12 months and could gain a whole wealth of support from Sainsbury’s.

Our local store is Everard Close St Albans AL1 2QU and we would be very grateful if you could take the time when in store to vote for us, or if you prefer you can do so online via the website link here https://www.sainsburyslocalcharity.co.uk/#about-nominations

Thanks as ever for your support, and thanks also to Sainsbury’s for including us in their scheme this year !

The Crescent Team

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