Bognor Regis Community College students in Aids event

Caring students from Bognor Regis Community College have been given a lead role in organising a county event.

The college's Aids awareness team members were thrilled to be asked to present the West Sussex sixth form conference about the condition on December 1.

Heather Ford, a teacher of personal health, social education and economic awareness at the college, said: "We are working really hard to come up with new ways of raising awareness and finding ways to overcome the stigma associated with HIV and Aids."

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The conference has been held for several years as a local contribution towards World Aids Day. The team attended last year's conference having been formed a few months earlier.

The request to front the latest of the prestigious events came after the sixth formers '“ Claire Baker, Kerry Baker, Emily Butcher, Emma Vincent, Kathryn Hampton, Bradie Page, Laurie Grant-McColgin, Hannah Fox '“ visited the Terrence Higgins Trust's offices in London.

Ms Ford explained: "The trust were so helpful and informative. The information they gave to us was really shocking and we all agreed as a group that something needed to change.

"One thing that was a pleasure to see was the passion every single person working for the charity had. Everyone seemed so positive."

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The visit took place following an Aids awareness art auction held by the sixth formers in April which raised 460 for the charity.

They were thanked by the trust, which agreed to the students' request to meet its workers.

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