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AIDS Hospice Made Famous by Princess Diana to Be Torn Down


Mildmay Mission, the AIDS hospice in London's East End where Princess Diana demonstrated with a simple handshake and a hugs in the early days of the AIDS crisis that there was nothing to be feared from people living with with AIDS, is to be torn down, Pink Paper reports:

"The hospital, on Hackney Rd in Shoreditch, will be demolished to make way for a new development including a 24-bed new Mildmay Hospital, which will continue to meet the needs of people living with HIV...The venue was made famous following a visit by the Princess of Wales in 1989. In front of national television cameras during one of several visits, she was presented with a bunch of flowers by a 34-year-old AIDS patient named Simon. Within 30 minutes of the story airing on the evening news, Simon's family – from which he had long been estranged – contacted him. They stayed with him until he died at Mildmay just ten days later."

A video of one of Diana's visits to the hospice, which will remind you of Diana's amazing work to remove the stigma of AIDS and her work for gay people in that time when most who had it didn't survive, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. I have no doubt that Diana would have continued her fight against AIDS and bring even more, much-needed awareness to the disease and the people living with it. She was taken away from us way too early. It's sad news the hospice will be torn down, but reassuring that the new hospital will continue to care for AIDS patients.

    Posted by: Alec Sarkas | Jul 13, 2010 11:30:52 AM

  2. It's nice to be reminded that sometimes the crazy stupidity of celebrity can be used to add to the measure of good in the world.

    Posted by: The Milkman | Jul 13, 2010 11:36:58 AM

  3. What a lovely memory of Princess Diana. So many lives lost to this terrible disease... and just a few moments of humanity and kindness shown by the Princess made all the difference in the world. God Bless her and may she rest in peace.

    Posted by: David | Jul 13, 2010 12:51:31 PM

  4. A class act by a classy woman.

    Posted by: Brian | Jul 13, 2010 12:59:05 PM

  5. what a classy lady.

    Posted by: Vince in WeHo | Jul 13, 2010 1:00:06 PM

  6. She was one of a kind. Somehow the tabloids worked to obscure just how kind and generous she was.

    I have the same feeling about her boys. They're good sons, who will become great men. IMO

    Posted by: JAMES in Toronto | Jul 13, 2010 1:07:33 PM

  7. She fought to make the world a better place and was treated like dirt by the press...yet she kept on fighting. While you may see her sons doing similar work, you rarely see anyone else of the Queen's family being so brave and consistent. She is sorely missed.

    Posted by: Kyle Sullivan | Jul 13, 2010 7:03:40 PM

  8. A classy lady.. absolutely. A cheap, misleading headline, oh yeah, abso-fuckin-lutely. I've come to expect more from this site than this Mr. Towle.

    Posted by: Anon | Jul 14, 2010 2:08:05 AM

  9. good article good photo...

    Posted by: szafy metalowe | Jul 16, 2010 5:37:52 AM

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    Posted by: Mystique | Apr 21, 2011 11:52:56 AM

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