Pic: Jake Shears performs. Photo by Piers Allardyce and Antonio Salgado
On Thursday, September 15, HIV/sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) was joined by friends, supporters and celebrities to celebrate their 40th anniversary with a star-studded gala at the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich.
After a reception on the stunning Colonnades, guests entered the spectacular Painted Hall, where they were welcomed by host for the night Stephen K Amos, who regaled guests with stories from his personal history with the charity and thanked many of our VIP guests from the stage. Stars included Sinitta, Claire Sweeney, Emile Sande, Dan Gillespie Sells and many more.
With performances from Charlie Condou who delivered a moving monologue from Martin Sherman’s Gently Down the Stream, as well as drag royalty Cheryl Hole and Karla Bear, guests were treated to a feast of entertainment and glamour which culminated in a phenomenal and energetic performance from Jake Shears, lead vocalist of The Scissor Sisters.
Throughout the evening, guests heard of the incredible advances that have been made in HIV treatment, prevention and care. Broadcaster Adele Roberts hosted an inspiring conversation with THT’s Positive Voices speakers, Oli Brown and Sue Hunter, who talked of their experiences challenging stigma and discrimination.
THT said: “We’re delighted to announce that our gala raised over £200,000, which will support our mission of ending new cases of HIV and supporting all those living with HIV.
“Our heartfelt gratitude and thanks each and every guest, everyone who donated a prize, to our wonderful performer and to our super volunteer for making the evening such a success and special thanks to jewellery designer, Robert Tateossian, who created a bespoke pin badge sold to our guests on the night.
“Watch this space for more special events announcements soon!”