It’s A Sin stars Jill Nalder, Neil Ashton and The Jam frontman Paul Weller are joining a growing cast of celebrities and pop stars to support the building of the first ever National AIDS memorial in London.
The memorial is to be built in the garden of remembrance at the old London Lighthouse, which is now home to the Museum of Brands, Notting Hill. The Lighthouse has been chosen for the memorial, as it was the place of sanctuary for HIV/AIDS sufferers during the pandemic. Many of those who died at the Lighthouse have their ashes scattered in the garden.
The three-strong ‘Project Lighthouse’ management team are made up of AFTER 82 filmmakers Steve Keeble, Ben Lord and publicist Michelle Hatcher after coming up with the idea that a new memorial in the museum garden was desperately needed.
Since then, the three have set about gathering as many figures from stage, screen, and politics as possible to help them raise the £150,000 funds needed. The funds raised will help pay for the memorial and allow the project to distribute much needed financial support to lesser-known charities and projects around the UK who care for AIDS/HIV sufferers in their communities.
Stars joining in support of Project Lighthouse include It’s A Sin actor Neil Ashton, who played Grizzle in the hit Channel 4 series and music legend, Paul Weller.
Steve Keeble, Project Lighthouse, said: "It is hard to believe that, almost forty years on and we still have no national memorial. For many of the younger generation they are unaware that this pandemic even existed. This project will go one step further, acting as not only a place to remember those we lost, those who supported them, but as a vital educational tool. Set in a garden of remembrance. Together we can make this happen. They did their bit, now it’s time to do ours."
The memorial will consist of a monument erected in the garden by Brighton AIDS memorial sculptor, Romany Mark Bruce, with a highly informative AIDS exhibition in the Museum with the aim of educating the thousands of visitors to the museum on the important part the building played during the AIDS pandemic in the UK.
The team are asking music artists and performers from the 1980s to help stage a benefit concert around the time of the unveiling which has been earmarked for the first weekend in July 2022. It will also mark the 40th anniversary of the death of Terence Higgins.