Aids coalition lines up leading names for publicity stunt

A coalition of 22 charities fighting Aids is to bring together celebrities and politicians in pods on the London Eye as part of a publicity stunt to "re-engage the public and opinion-formers".

The Stop Aids coalition has attracted support from personalities such as Bianca Jagger, Michelle Collins, Gail Porter, Beverley Knight, Jonathan Dimbleby and Martin Bell. They will join politicians, academics and faith leaders to discuss Aids and make pledges to take positive action towards fighting HIV.

London Eye has donated two hours of time on the giant wheel on 26 November.

The coalition, which includes Action Aid, Christian Aid and Oxfam, wants to promote three issues: to increase aid, cut debt to developing countries and encourage drug companies to loosen patent rules to boost access to treatments.

On top of this, Stop Aids is to lobby Parliament through a seminar at the House of Commons.

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