News Archive 2012

January 2012: Buckinghamshire Services update

From January the Crescent will also be offering instant result HIV testing at the Aylesbury drop in as well as St Albans on an appointment basis.

Please contact us via the appointments form here on the website or by phone on 01727 842532 / 07903 868525 for more details.

Please note from 03 January the Aylesbury drop in service will be open on a Tuesday, instead of Wednesdays,

In addition from February will also be open on the first Saturday of each month, from 11am to 3pm

Dates are as follows 04 Feb, 03 March, 07 April, 05 May, 02 June, 07 July, 04 Aug, 01 Sept, 06 Oct, 03 Nov & 01 Dec.

February 2012: Another New Patron

We are delighted to announce that we have another new patron, Mr CJ de Mooi. CJ joins James Wharton and this means we have gained two new Patrons this month.

CJ appears in the popular quiz show Eggheads, and has been a part of the programme since its inception in 2003.

CJ is also known for his extensive charity work for various causes, running marathons, and other events such as Chess tournaments and Quiz shows. In the next two months CJ will be running a half Marathon in Hastings (25th March) with proceeds going to the Crescent and also on 24th February a charity fund raising Pool event in Telford where proceeds will be shared between the Crescent and Against Breast Cancer. More details to folow on these shortly.

CJ is also a Patron of the Sussex Beacon, a clinical care centre for people living with HIV/AIDS in Brighton.

We are also very pleased to announce that Mr James Wharton has joined us as a patron.

James was the first openly gay person to appear on the front cover of Soldier magazine, the British Army's official publication, which also had an in-depth article on James' life as its feature.

Marrying his long term partner, Thomas, in March 2010, James and his husband became the first gay couple to be united by civil partnership, in the Household Cavalry's 350 year history.

In August 2010, James was ranked 19th in the Independent on Sunday's Pink list- the 101 most influential gay men and women in the country.

March 2012: Bishop of St Albans and Lord Rennard visit The Crescent, 5th March

The Bishop of St Albans and Lord Rennard spent the morning at the Crescent meeting Staff, Trustees, and Members finding out more about the work we do, the issues we face as an organisation, and those faced by our members living with HIV. Also we would like to thank them both for lending their support to the Crescent "Healthy Futures" fundraising campaign, which Lord Rennard will be hosting shortly at the House of Lords.

The event was covered by reporters and photographers from the Hertfordshire Advertiser, and the Bishop's press office, links to the articles will be posted here when available.

We are all very pleased to have such a wonderful support from the Bishop, and Lord Rennard. We feel this is a very important step in securing a future for the Crescent, and a boost to our campaign to fight the unjust stigma associated with those living with HIV everywhere, not just in Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire.

More exciting news to follow shortly!

June 2012: Stand Tall Get Snapped At 56 Dean Street Saturday 30 June 2012

When you think of HIV, what images come to mind? Blood… Doctors… Maybe that big 80’s tombstone…

Not the people themselves.

Well – here’s your chance to meet them

Speaking at 12 noon, 2pm, 4pm, and 6pm on June 30th at the 56 Dean Street Clinic, Soho

You will have a chance to interact with, and ask questions of, four of the participants involved in the project, with a special contribution from our Master of Ceremonies, Rob Anderson, Chairperson of Body Positive Belfast.

The individuals selected represent an excellent cross-section of the HIV community in terms of age, race, and length of time living with the infection

Situated in the Community Room of the clinic, with free refreshments available, the speakers will discuss their experiences living with HIV, followed by a Question and Answer session with each

This event was initialised by London-based photographer Edo Zollo, as part of his photography project, ‘Stand Tall, Get Snapped: 30 HIV+ People’, and is brought to you in collaboration with the 56 Dean Street clinic, as part of the World Pride Festival, taking place in London this summer, Contact Information

Twitter: @STGSProject


PR / Media enquiries – Jake Basford, 07590 198047;;

John Sessions joins the campaign to save The Crescent

The well known actor and comedian has joined the campaign to keep The Crescent open. He is providing interviews in papers and on radio about the situation, contacting his friends to gather more support for us.

We are extremely grateful for the support of this well known former St Albans resident. His first interview with the Hertfordshire Advertiser can be found here >> 

November 2012: Stand Tall, Get Snapped Photo Project & The Crescent

This year will mark the 30th anniversary of the official recognition of HIV and AIDS as an epidemic by the American Medical Authority; the death of Terry Higgins, the first person in the UK to officially die as a result of HIV and AIDS, and the 25th anniversary of the formation of the National AIDS Trust.

According to the general public HIV and AIDS is seen in young homosexual males who live in densely populated cities in England.

The fact is that this view is wrong.

To change this Edo Zollo has created the “Stand Tall, Get Snapped” photo project. Opening at the Reading Room (see note 1 below) on the 22nd November, the exhibit will feature photos of individuals who are HIV Positive from different communities, with the hope to challenge the stereotypes associated with the virus.

As part of our fight to eliminate stigma and prejudice the Crescent is participating in this project, please show your support by coming along to the Exhibition, together we can help those affected by HIV to Stand Tall !

Follow the project on Twitter –!/STGSProject

If you want to email us with your questions, feel free –

To check out more information on the project, go to

For more information on the Photographer, Edo, check out his website:

Note 1 The Reading Room is located at 65-66 Frith Street, Soho, London W1D 3JR, and the exhibition will be running until January 4th, 2013
Note 2 Statistics from the Health Protection Agency’s ‘HIV in the United Kingdom: 2011 report’

December 2012: Crescent member features in the Daily Mail article about the Stand Tall Get Snapped project.

Please click here to read the article featuring a Crescent member taliking about their experiences and life with HIV