Barclays is to donate £31,620 to the Lighthouse Kings Centre to continue its vital work with people in South London who are living with HIV. The centre is an integrated health and social care project run by Terrence Higgins Trust in partnership with Kings College Hospital.

HIV positive patients are referred directly from the Caledcot Centre for Sexual Health at Kings College Hospital to the Lighthouse Kings Centre, 80 percent of whose clients are from African and Caribbean communities in South London.

Many of these people have multiple health and social care problems, and clinicians at Kings College Hospital have found it increasingly hard to give their patients the help and support they need for these problems, whilst at the same time addressing their health care needs. The Lighthouse Kings Centre helps these patients by providing advice and support for a range of social issues including immigration, housing, employment and welfare benefits.

The funds donated by Barclays will support an African Generalist Advice Worker, to give face to face help and advice. It is hoped that the donations from Barclays will encourage further funding to meet the huge demand for our services in South London.

Sharron Keightly, Regional Manger for Terrence Higgins Trust in South London said: “We have seen big increase in demand for our services at the Lighthouse Kings Centre, and this grant of £31,620 from Barclays is going to make a huge difference in securing the future of the service, which is so desperately needed by people living with HIV in South London.”

Rachael Barber, Head of Community Affairs at Barclays said: “As one of the largest banks operating in Africa, Barclays recognises the devastating impact that HIV can have on people’s lives. In Africa we have developed a pioneering HIV/AIDS policy and a Health and Wellbeing programme to support our employees in dealing with the impact of the disease. We are therefore very pleased to be supporting this important initiative in the UK, particularly as HIV/AIDS is a cause that sometimes struggles to attract corporate donations.”

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