Crusaid was a United Kingdom charity dedicated to helping poor and marginalised people affected by HIV and AIDS. It provided support, awareness, education projects and hardship funds, for the last two decades Crusaid has worked to enable individuals and communities to regain their dignity and improve their quality of life. Cruisaid was a registered charity No 1011718.
Set up in 1986 by a small group of gay friends principally Jeremy Norman (who became its first Chairman) and David MacFarlane, Crusaid was a direct response to the destructive nature of AIDS in the 1980s. Crusaid’s earliest grants were to projects such as in-patient hospital wards and helping with funeral expenses.Of particular importance was the Personal Hardship Fund that made small grants to ease the plight of those who were dying and their immediate carers. Crusaid funded prevention and education projects in the UK and Africa, including supporting outpatient clinics and back-to-work projects.
Crusaid's Walk for Life on 1 June 2008 was Europe’s largest HIV and AIDS walk. The event started and finished in Potter's Fields Park (next to Tower Bridge), visiting some favourite landmarks including the London Eye, Buckingham Palace and the Millennium Bridge.
After many years of important fund-raising work, Crusaid was eventually absorbed into The Terrence Higgins Trust in 2011.
- . "About Us". Crusaid. Retrieved 2008-12-01.
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