OUR SUPPORT GOES MUCH FURTHER WITH YOUR SUPPORT
Like many - if not all - charities across the UK, we are experiencing an unprecedented impact on our income; particularly that income which is generated through community fundraising events.
Ever since we were founded in 1985, in response to the emergence of a new virus, we have relied on donations and fundraising income to support our core work. The funding we receive from local authorities to provide one-to-one advice & support and the income for projects like our Better Together peer mentoring does not cover all our costs.
These costs include, for example, reimbursing travel expenses for our volunteers to support staff in our office; covering the cost of fuel when volunteers drive service users with limited mobility to appointments; purchasing materials to improve the recruitment experience of new volunteers.
We do not receive any specific funding to cover the cost of t-shirts or the printing of general awareness-raising material - all of which is vital in helping us, and our key messages, to be visible and, more importantly, to educate the public about HIV and HIV stigma. This is one of our governing objectives, one of which we cannot ever lose sight.
It is also true of course that we need to maintain a safe, clean and welcoming space in order to provide our one-to-one support and group events. We rely on donations, community fundraising and other income to help us do this. The hire of our ground floor training room to external organisations brings us income which also supports our work. However, all bookings which were made before the current crisis have now been cancelled. We do not know when we will be able to take bookings again.
These are challenging times for everyone and we understand that, for many, fundraising priorities have changed. However, despite the difficulties that the Covid-19 pandemic has presented, we continue to work hard to ensure that people living with HIV - in Greater Manchester and beyond - receive the very best support, advice and information.
Thank you to our regular donors, fundraisers, supporters and friends. We know that many of you, local businesses and individuals, are facing significant challenges yourselves at this time. We are so grateful that so many of you have loyally supported us all these years with love, creativity, originality, and, on many more than one occasion, fabulous flamboyance.
Many thanks to our patron Russell T Davies for making this short video.
Please do help us to continue to do what we do well and give what you can. Our support goes much further with your support.
Text GHT plus the amount you wish to donate, e.g. 5, 10, 20 or any other amount to 70085.
GHT 5 to 70085 to give £5
GHT 10 to 70085 to give £10
GHT 20 to 70085 to give £20
The legal bit is that texts cost your donation amount plus the cost of a standard text message.
After you have made a donation, you will receive a follow up text asking if you would like to add Gift Aid to your donation. Please add Gift Aid - you will increase the value of your donation by 25% at no extra cost to you. For example a £10.00 donation will be worth £12.50