Walsall FC backing World Aids Day...
THE SADDLERS have offered our support to a new national charity.
Saving Lives tries to improve the health of the public, and they've asked footballers and athletes to help get the message out.
The club is helping the charity mark National HIV Testing Week and World AIDS Day, which takes place today.
The charity’s Medical Director is a working doctor in Birmingham named Steve Taylor. "There are 25,000 people in the UK who have HIV and don’t know it – so Saving Lives tries to get people thinking more about their health, and what they need to get tested for,” he said.
The charity has the support of footballers from other clubs and Olympic athletes. Their current campaign features 1500m star, Hannah England, and they've recently filmed Bronze medal-winning athlete, Sally Walton, talking about the charity.
Walsall players have worn Saving Lives t-shirts on a matchday in the past, and Dr Taylor says this is really helpful. “It’s just about getting the message out there,” he added. "There are lots of daft myths about HIV, and the support of Walsall FC really helps us get through to people."
You can find out more about Saving Lives, and see videos and pictures of the Walsall stars at www.savinglivesuk.com. You can follow what the lads are up to on Twitter at @SavingLivesUK. You can donate to Saving Lives by texting SAVE14 £5, or whatever amount you wish to give up to £10, to 70070, or by visiting the website.