The City of London Corporation has awarded four leading figures from two major HIV charities the Freedom of the City of London award for their continued exemplary work in supporting communities and individuals living with HIV.
The Chief Executive of Terrence Higgins Trust, Richard Angell, was joined at Guildhall by the charity’s Director of Communications and HIV Services, Dominic Edwardes, and its National Advice Supervisor, Barbara Tinubu.
Established in 1991, the East London-based Positive East charity was represented by its Executive Director, Mark Santos.
The Freedom of the City of London award is a tradition purported to have gone back to 1237 and had enabled recipients to carry on their trade in the City. While the award may be nominated for, and applied for, the City of London Corporation offers it as a way to pay tribute to outstanding individuals and their contributions to the City and London.
Recent high-profile recipients include the UK’s Chief Medical Officer, Professor Sir Chris Whitty; England football captain and former Tottenham Hotspur striker, Harry Kane; Deputy Governor for Financial Stability at the Bank of England, Sir Jon Cunliffe; and theatrical impresario, Sir Cameron Mackintosh.
City of London Corporation Policy Chairman, Chris Hayward, said: “The Terrence Higgins Trust and Positive East must be commended for their sterling work in supporting people and communities, and it is due to the commitment, hard work, and campaigning zeal by people like Richard, Dominic, Barbara, and Mark that our communities feel so supported, and that significant progress and achievements have been made.”