CHIVA in the news
The Royal Wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex
In summer 2018 we were delighted with the numerous opportunities to talk about our work with children and young people living with HIV in the press and on TV and radio, as a result of being named one of the seven Royal Wedding charities.
On the day of the wedding our former CHIVA Youth Committee Chairperson Mercy Ngulube talked about living with HIV live on BBC1 just moments before the ceremony began:
‘I’m an HIV campaigner, I was born with HIV, and I think it’s really important that young people living with HIV have a platform in society and ultimately change the world’s perceptions of HIV.
I think their choosing of CHIVA as one of the seven charities to donate to is just a symbol of how much they really do care about HIV as an issue, and they’re really involved in making sure the stigma goes away’.
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Also on the Wedding Day on Sky News our chairperson Dr Amanda Williams spoke in more detail about our work and the stigma surrounding HIV.
Our Participation Officer Abi Carter and former youth committee member ‘Aaron’ were interviewed for BBC Points West about the impact of being named a Royal Wedding charity. This was aired on Sunday 20th May.
MINI celebrated the wedding with a one-off MINI Hatch designed specifically to commemorate the special occasion. “As an iconic British brand with almost 60 years of history in the UK, we are pleased to mark the royal wedding with this special charitable gift,” explains Oliver Heilmer, Head of MINI Design. “The MINI Design team has created a one-off MINI Hatch for the occasion. Its specially designed roof graphic combines with 3D-printed interior and exterior details as well as special embroidery to make this a MINI like no other.” Find out more here. The mini was auctioned at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in July and all proceeds went directly to CHIVA.
Two of the world’s leading lights in the micro artists scene, Engraver Graham Short and Sculptor Willard Wigan MBE, have been commissioned through the Tony Huggins-Haig Gallery to create a series of one off pieces to commemorate the Royal Wedding. Etched onto the head of a pin and a sculpture in the eye of a needle, both are utterly one of a kind and unique in scale and skill. The pieces will be auctioned later in the year, and the proceeds will be shared amongst the seven chosen charities.
For information on these exciting auctions please contact us.
In addition to these items, internationally renowned artist Ben Riley has created a unique one-off portrait of Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle. Ben is the only artist in the world to create portraits from nothing but powdered and compounded vinyl records on canvas, and has gained celebrity collectors of his work including Olly Murs and Pharrell Williams. Ben is donating this exclusive piece to CHIVA. The piece incorporates a vinyl copy of Ed Sheeran's 'Thinking Out Loud'. Ben has compiled a time lapse video of himself creating the piece: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=neHhQG-33qw&feature=youtu.be
We have also this year been privileged to be involved with a RHS Chelsea Flower Show Garden which explores life growing up with HIV. ‘A Life Without Walls’ was designed by Naomi Ferrett-Cohen and working in partnership with UK Cherub and funded by Gilead, Naomi met with young people at a CHIVA residential in early 2018 to explore the barriers they felt growing up with HIV and the stigma which can hold them back. Naomi’s design reflected these discussions and her garden includes a bench with the group’s hand-prints, crumbling walls which hold you back and make your path a difficult one, and a pod which represents the NHS HIV clinic. Read more about the themes in this blog: