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Clydesdale Bank to mark World AIDS Day



The Clydesdale Bank will today be marking World AIDS Day by helping to “light up Scotland”

The Scottish bank has a number of activities planned, including cake sales at a variety of locations across the country (as well as its offices in Leeds and London), a ticker-tape style message of support on its Glasgow City Centre branch in Queen Street, and a fundraising initiative to raise money for the Terrence Higgins Trust (THT).

The bank is supportive of THT’s “Stop Stigma” campaign and its long-standing work in promoting awareness of HIV and AIDS.

The various events being stages across Clydesdale Bank offices and branches today have been co-ordinated by the Vibrant Network, a group for LGBTI employees of the Clydesdale and Yorkshire banks. In addition to rasing funds to support those living with HIV and AIDS, Vibrant also hopes it will help to raise awareness of HIV and AIDS on World AIDS Day.

The network has established a JustGiving page for employees and supports to make donations.

In a demonstration of public support for World AIDS Day, the Clydesdale Bank’s Head Office in Glasgow will also be lit red later this evening to reflect the colour of the World AIDS Day ribbon.

A spokesperson for the bank said: “This is a very important cause and we are delighted to play our part in helping to combat this issue through fundraising and awareness activities.”

The Clydesdale Bank’s Head Office is one of 80 buildings taking part in “Light Up Scotland” – others include Inverness Castle, the Western Isles College, the Burns Monument and the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.

Anyone wishing to donate to the Clydesdale Bank’s World AIDS Day fundraising for THT, can do so either via the JustGiving page or via their mobile phone (please text VIBR99 and the amount you would like to donate, in pounds, to 70070  – e.g. Text VIBR99 £2 and send to the number 70070).

The Clydesdale is only one of many Scottish business marking World AIDS Day today. Organisations such as HIV Scotland have been encouraging the wearing of red ribbons, as well as to think about how they can make a difference in stamping out the stigma.

About Andrew Page

Andrew Page
Andrew is KaleidoScot's sports editor and photographer. An experienced blogger, Andrew was raised in the Hebrides and currently lives in Renfrewshire. Andrew became an active equality campaigner at the time of the Section 28 debate, and has particular interests in faith issues and promoting LGBTI equality in sport. Andrew was shortlisted for the Icon Award's 2015 Journalist of the Year.

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