Posted on 05 November 2010.
IN 1990, HRH, Diana, the Princess of Wales, visited Edinburgh to open Waverley Care Milestone, a retreat that now offers short-term residential support.
However. at the time of the Princesses visit, we lived in very different times: then Milestone helped many through their last days, in a loving caring environment and with dignity.
That ethos of care and the needs of those living with HIV have never changed, and over the years Waverley Care has achieved much. Most notably, establishing a Buddy Service in 1996 and the continuation of the SOLAS community projects.
To mark Milestone’s 10th anniversary 254 candles were lit to celebrate the lives of those who died and over 200 guests formed a human chain ‘A Round of Applause’ around the building.
By 2006 the African Health Project had been launched in Glasgow, and now in 2010 Waverley Care has become truly national to Scotland with offices in Inverness and many national and regional services.
Today Waverley Care is one of the most respected HIV charities in the UK. Many famous faces have supported their work including Sean Connery and Sir Ian McKellan.
Bringing people together is a key part of Waverley Care’s charitable work. They have achieved this, through fundraising activities and music has always played a central role.
From “come & sing” concerts to fully staged Gilbert & Sullivan operas, the charity have used music to empower the community and show support for people living with HIV and Hepatitis C in Scotland.
David Johnson, Director of Waverley Care said, “It seemed fitting, for our 21st birthday year, to try to leave a lasting musical legacy and so, with the support and encouragement of two of our Patrons, Bob Chilcott and Sir Tom Farmer, we launched our ‘Sing a New Song’ Christmas carol writing competition.
“The response has been overwhelming with 129 entries. We will announce the winner at the World AIDS Day ‘come & sing’ concert on the 27 November,” he added.
The concert will be conducted by Bob Chilcott and feature a massed choir singing Vaughan Williams’ ‘Fantasia on Christmas Carols’ and other seasonal items by Bob Chilcott and John Rutter.
Cadenza, one of Scotland’s leading amateur choirs will perform the shortlisted carols, and the winning conductor will be presented with their prize by Sir Tom Farmer, sponsor of the event.
27 November WAD ‘come & sing’ concert, St Cuthbert’s Church, Edinburgh. Times: Rehearsal: 2pm Concert: 7.30pm
1 December World AIDS Day Community Gatherings. St John’s Church, Princes Street, Edinburgh 6.30pm and at 7pm in St Mary’s Cathedral, Great Western Road, Glasgow.
For more info please visit www.waverleycare.org