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Tom, Abi and Issy Wilkinson

West to East Thames Walk

Walking the Thames Path from West to East London for Positive East because supporting HIV services in London is vital

272 %
£2,725.40
raised of £1,000 target
by 83 supporters
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Positive East

We have been providing advice and support to HIV positive people for 25 years.

Charity Registration No. 1001582

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Tom, Abi and Issy are walking the Thames Path from Albert Bridge in Chelsea to the Thames Barrier, a total of 27km. 

We are fundraising for Positive East, London's largest HIV charity. Positive East have been supporting Londoners for over 26 years, with their mission of improving the quality of life of individuals and communities affected by HIV. 

Our aim is to raise £1,000 for this vital service, to raise awareness of the effect HIV has on so many Londoners, and how it has affected our family. Read Tom's story below to find out why we have chosen to fundraise for Positive East, and why it is so important to maintain services that make it their mission to provide counselling for those in need, promote health and happiness in the lives of those living with HIV, build a safer sex culture which helps people to stay HIV negative and promotes early detection, and provide a voice in government and public space for those living with HIV .

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When I was diagnosed with HIV in 2012, Stepney Green-based charity Positive East were an enormous help to me, as they have been to countless other Londoners since they were founded in 1991. Among their most important work is the outreach they provide to immigrant communities in the East End, who often have difficulty accessing health services. 

Recently, the government has drastically cut the funding of such services, devastating the provision of sexual health care across the UK. Positive East have lost much of their government funding too, but their work is more important now than ever, especially to gay men and people from Africa, both of whom experience a higher rate of HIV infection than other groups. The good news is that current medical treatment can give people with HIV a normal healthy life and prevent them from passing the virus on to others, which has led to a dramatic recent drop in transmissions. 

In order to support Positive East in their vital work continuing this downwards trajectory, my sisters and I are doing a sponsored walk along the Thames on the 3rd of December. People donating over £20 will receive a limited edition print from a specially designed and collaboratively created series titled Bent River, which traces the queer Thames as it winds its way through history on the fiftieth anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality.



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