Richard and Matthew visited the Sussex Beacon recently. As keen supporters of the Beacon they were wanted to understand more about the amazing work going on there. They were shown around by Jason Warriner, Clinical Services Director, who explained the range of services provided by the Beacon which includes specialist care and support for people living with HIV. The service promotes independence and improve health and wellbeing by providing inpatient and outpatient services. The charity is funded through donations as well as receiving some local NHS funding .
Richard said “The Sussex Beacon is an impressive organisation providing much needed support for people living with HIV. We love working with the Beacon and helping then achieve their goals by assisting with fundraising.”
Richard and Matthew learned that living with HIV can lead to complex health needs that require timely intervention from several health professionals. The 10-bed inpatient unit is well utilised and the other therapies and services provide a lifeline to many people experiencing the stress of coping with ill health.
Matthew said “The Beacon has a huge range of people with different skills working here. The dedicated staff make a massive impact on the lives of those with HIV. On top of that, they work with a cheery attitude that makes the Beacon a wonderful place to be.”
Sundial supports the Beacon by providing massage therapy at the Vitality Half Marathon here in Brighton. Last year Sundial carried out over 200 massages in three hours using 45 volunteers from Brighton Medical School physio course. During the day Sundial raised over £2000 to support the event. David Hill who organises the race also accompanied Matthew and Richard.
As preferred provider, Sundial also offers physiotherapy and chiropractic to Sussex Beacon runners at preferential rates. Sundial physio, James Masterson, also offers training and recovery tips for runners.
The next Vitality Brighton Half Marathon 2017 is on Sunday 26 February and entries are open now.
From left to right in photo above: Jason Warriner, Richard Hollis, Matthew Bennett, David Hill.