The club have offered its support to Saving Lives to mark HIV testing week...
Coventry City FC has offered its 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 appears on the Saving Lives website. The Sky Blues are helping the charity mark National HIV Testing Week and World AIDS Day.
The charity’s Medical Director is a working doctor in Birmingham named Steve Taylor. He said: “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.”
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.
Dr Taylor says the support of clubs like Coventry is really helpful. “It’s just about getting the message out there,” he says. “There are lots of daft myths about HIV, and the support of clubs really helps us get through to people.”
You can find out more about Saving Lives, and see videos and pictures of the Coventry 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 testing SAVE14 £5, or whatever amount you wish to give up to £10, to 70070, or by visiting the website.