Stars don their ruby slippers to support people living with HIV

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The stars are supporting HIV and sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust’s upcoming Walk for Life 10k fundraising event, to be held this Sunday, 5th June. John Partridge is opening the party, which this year has a Wizard of Oz theme, and Beverley Knight, 4 Poofs & A Piano and London Men’s Chorus will be providing entertainment.

Also on the bill are English National Ballet’s Tutu Much troupe, dancing the event’s route, and London’s Pearls and Pecs boys, raising heart-rates with a pre-walk warm-up.

Walk for Life is the biggest HIV and AIDS awareness walk in Europe and raises vital funds to support people living with HIV in poverty, through Terrence Higgins Trust’s Hardship Fund. The event starts at 12pm in Potters Fields Park, London, and takes participants through a stunning sightseeing tour of historic London, including Tower Bridge, St Paul’s Cathedral and Waterloo Bridge, before finishing in an ‘Emerald City’ party back in Potters Fields.

Actor John Partridge, who has supported Terrence Higgins Trust since 2009, said of the event: “I’m thrilled to be kicking off the yellow brick road action and helping to raise funds for such a wonderful cause. We want the day to be a real success to raise as much money as possible for people living with HIV so get your trainers on and join THT and hundreds of other walkers for a fun summer’s day out. It’s only £10 to register and you can come as Dorothy-ed up or dressed down as you like.”

Beverley Knight, who has been a supporter of THT for eight years, said: “It’s my first time performing at this wonderful event and I’m really looking forward to welcoming everybody back into the ‘Emerald City’ party finish for a ruby slipper knees-up. All funds raised from Walk for Life go to supporting people living with HIV in poverty so sign-up now to help Terrence Higgins Trust be there for even more people. And I’ll see you down at the finish line for some well-earned relaxation!”

All ages can sign up to Walk for Life (the park and route are wheelchair and buggy accessible) and the event takes an average of two to three hours. To join in the action this Sunday log on to www.walkforlife.co.uk or call 020 7812 1665.

Simon Whiteman, Terrence Higgins Trust’s Head of Community Fundraising said: “A huge thank you to John, Beverley, 4 Poofs & A Piano and the London Gay Men’s Chorus for lending their support to this year’s Walk for Life. We’ve got hundreds of people already signed up and are looking forward to a really fantastic day out with you all.”