PR guru, Connect Nightingale member and head of Michelle Hatcher Media Michelle Hatcher has been raising awareness for Project Lighthouse and the UK National AIDS Memorial. This fantastic campaign has involvement from actors, singers and celebrities to come together to create a lasting memorial for Aids awareness.
It’s A Sin Star Joins Paul Weller In UK National AIDS Memorial Project
Neil Ashton and Paul Weller join other notable figures in Politics and Entertainment in support of the building of the first UK National AIDS Memorial.
It’s a Sin star, Neil Ashton and The Jam and The Style Council frontman Paul Weller, are joining a growing cast of celebrities and pop stars to support the building of the first-ever National AIDS memorial in London.
The memorial is to be built in the garden of remembrance at the old London Lighthouse, which is now home to the Museum of Brands, Notting Hill. The Lighthouse has been chosen for the memorial, as it was the place of sanctuary for HIV/AIDS sufferers during the pandemic. Many of those who died at the Lighthouse have their ashes scattered in the garden.
A Strong Team Making Things Happen
The 3 strong ‘Project Lighthouse’ management team are made up of AFTER 82 filmmakers Steve Keeble, Ben Lord and publicist Michelle Hatcher after coming up with the idea that a new memorial in the museum garden was desperately needed. Since then, the three have set about gathering around them as many figures from the stage, screen, and politics as possible to help them raise the 150K funds needed. The funds raised will help pay for the memorial and allow the project to distribute much needed financial support to lesser-known charities and projects around the UK that care for AIDS/HIV sufferers in their communities.
Stars joining in support of Project Lighthouse include It’s a Sin actor, Neil Ashton who played Grizzle in the hit Channel 4 series and music legend, Paul Weller.
“It is hard to believe that, almost forty years on and we still have no national memorial. For many of the younger generation, they are unaware that this pandemic even existed. This project will go one step further, acting as not only a place to remember those we lost, those who supported them but as a vital educational tool. Set in a garden of remembrance. Together we can make this happen. They did their bit, now it’s time to do ours.” – STEVE KEEBLE, Project Lighthouse
The memorial will consist of a monument erected in the garden by Brighton AIDS memorial sculptor, Romany Mark Bruce, with a highly informative AIDS exhibition in the Museum with the aim of educating the thousands of visitors to the museum on the important part the building played during the AIDS pandemic in the UK.
The team are asking music artists and performers from the 1980s to help stage a benefit concert around the time of the unveiling which has been earmarked for the first weekend in July 2022. It will also mark the 40th anniversary of the death of Terence Higgins.
The project named ‘Project Lighthouse’ went live on Wednesday 7th of April 2021 along with a donation page.
You can find the donation page here https://www.after82movie.com/projectlighthouse
About 82 Films Limited and After 82
82 Films Limited founders Steve Keeble and Ben Lord jointly directed and produced their powerful AIDS documentary, After 82 in 2019. It was the first documentary of its kind focusing on the real-life stories and interviews of those who lived through the HIV/AIDS pandemic during the early years of the 1980s, narrated by Dominic West.
Both former actors from EastEnders and Holby City, they have given talks on their work featuring After 82 across the UK including at The Reading Rooms in Soho, The Actors Church Covent Garden, The Wellcome Trust and The Houses of Parliament. They live in London.
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