Theatre Charity Proud to be Named HBAA ‘Chairman’s Charity 2013’

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The HBAA (Hotel Booking Agents Association) announced at its annual dinner in the city, that incoming chairman Chris Parnham, MD of internationally renowned events company Zibrant, had chosen The Make A Difference Trust to be the HBAA ‘Chairman’s Charity’ for 2013.

The Make A Difference Trust, unites the UK’s fantastic entertainment industry and uses its stars, audiences, influence and its appeal to raise money, awareness and hope for those living with HIV, AIDS, or other long-term chronic illnesses

The Make A Difference Trust is the entertainment industries national response to HIV and AIDS in the UK as well as supporting education programmes in southern Africa.

In 2012 the Health Protection Agency (HPA) released statistics showing that there are now over 100,000 people living with HIV in the UK with around 25% of them not knowing they have the virus.

The work of the Make A Difference Trust looks to encourage and deliver education and awareness across the entertainment industry in theatres, rehearsal spaces and drama schools/academies, as well as the provision of prevention materials, promotion and HIV testing and the delivery of two industry crisis funds to keep people in work and help those who have not worked for some time due to their chronic health status identify and access employment.

Parnham said “The Make A Difference Trust, unites the UK’s fantastic entertainment industry and uses its stars, audiences, influence and its appeal to raise money, awareness and hope for those living with HIV, AIDS, or other long-term chronic illnesses”

The Make A Difference Trust’s Director, Steven Inman said, “In the past 12 months we have seen a tremendous increase from people with chronic health conditions falling out of employment or simply unable to find work and calling on our services. Support from HBAA is a fantastic validation of our work as well as a chance to raise awareness around HIV and other chronic health conditions to a whole new audience. We are very proud to have been nominated as the organisations 2013 ‘Chairman’s Charity’”

The Make A Difference Trust has a number of well known patrons who support their work including Dame Judi Dench, Sir Ian McKellen, John Barrowman and Sir Patrick Stewart. The charity, like so many charities over the past 12 months has seen growing challenges in fundraising whilst at the same time experiencing a disproportionate growth in calls on their support. The charity hopes this new and exciting relationship with the HBAA will engage other corporate and city companies to consider its work and the difference they could make.

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