HIV and sexual health charity, Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) has launched an online National AIDS memorial today where people can remember friends, family and loved ones who have died with AIDS. The site www.tht.org.uk/remember17000 highlights the fact that over 17,000 people have now died with AIDS in the UK and gives people the opportunity to formally remember someone special by adding a red ribbon to a wall on the site.
The process of adding a ribbon is very straightforward and it’s also possible to attach a personal message, photograph or tribute to a ribbon when it is added.
Paul Ward, Deputy Chief Executive at THT said “Tragically, over 17,000 people have now died with AIDS in the UK and thousands more have lost someone they love. We wanted to create a memorial which anyone could add to. Posting a red ribbon online is an easy way for individuals or families to publicly remember a friend or loved one. We hope people will join us in remembering those who have died with AIDS and help us make this a really special tribute.”
Adding a ribbon to the memorial site is free but if individuals would like to make a donation towards THTs vital work, the site offers an option to do so. People without internet access who would like to remember someone on the site can call the ‘Remember 17,000’ team on 020 7812 1666 who would be happy to add a ribbon on their behalf.