Hampshire charity to shut doors after nearly thirty years

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A HIV charity is set to close its doors after operating in Hampshire for 28 years.

Groundswell, which was formed as a Christian response to the AIDS epidemic in the 1990s, is shutting down due to reduced demand for people to have HIV services and a lack of funding.

The decision was made over the summer and the Southampton-based charity is to officially close on Wednesday, November 30.

Dr Kate Forbes, chair of trustees, said: ‘We regret that it has been necessary to close the charity, but we do so with a sense of thankfulness that Groundswell has been faithful over nearly 30 years in serving people living with HIV in Hampshire.

Jan Wallis, client services manager added: ‘We know we could not have persisted as a charity with such longevity without the generous support of many.’

The charity’s board of trustees expressed their thanks to all those who have supported the charity.

There will be a celebration of its services at the centre on Saturday, November 12.