HIV and sexual health charity, Terrence Higgins Trust, LGBT Shropshire and the Old Market Hall are working together to mark World AIDS Day, December 1, by launching a Rainbow Film Festival. The festival will last a week and kicks off at 8pm on the 1st with the film Rent. Terrence Higgins Trust will be raising money on the night by selling red ribbons and tickets for a raffle.

Before the film is shown on the 1st there will be a candle lit vigil in Shrewbury Square assisted by the Vicar of St Chads Church. The vigil will start at 6pm and gives local people the opportunity to remember those affected by HIV and AIDS and in particular those who have died.

The Terrence Higgins Trust’s lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender (LGBT) youth group I-MIX will also be involved in the launch of the film festival and in the vigil.

Paul Gruffudd from Terrence Higgins Trust in Telford said “The film festival and the vigil both aim to help raise awareness of HIV on World AIDS Day. We hope that people will come along to both or either of these events to show their support for the cause. HIV is still increasing in Shropshire and we need to get the message across that it’s not going away.”

For further information on these events please contact Terrence Higgins Trust in Telford on 01952 221410 or for information on the film festival please visit www.oldmarkethall.co.uk

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