C-Level Sponsored Abseil, Marriot Hotel, Argyle Street, Glasgow on July 1, 2004 (10am to 4pm).
THE first of July not only marks National Hepatitis C Awareness Day, but it's also the day chosen by C-Level for their first fundraising abseil down the Marriot Hotel.
C-Level is a charity which provides a one-stop support service for the 5,000 plus people in Glasgow who have been diagnosed Hepatitis C positive.
The charity is currently looking for daredevil volunteers who are keen to abseil down the side of the Argyle Street hotel and help raise funds.
Claire Morris, Peer Education Coordinator with C-Level, said: "Glasgow has the highest number of known Hepatitis C infected people in Scotland and C-Level is a vital part of their care.
"We're holding this fun event for two reasons: to raise funds and to raise awareness of the illness. We're looking for volunteers with a head for heights who don't mind dangling off the side of a building in the name of charity."
Based at 268 Bath Street in Glasgow, C-Level offers people infected with Hepatitis C counselling and, for those at risk of contracting the virus, accurate preventative information. Anyone concerned that they may have HCV (Hepatitis C Virus) can access a full pre and post-testing counselling service at C-Level. The service also offers complementary therapies and opens its doors for Hepatitis C support groups to meet within their premises.
C-Level is open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. Anyone interested in taking part in the event or finding out more about C-Level, should contact Claire on 0141 332 2520.
NOTES TO EDITORS:
There are around 14,390 reported cases of Hepatitis C in Scotland (that's 1 in every 390 people) – around 5370 of which (or 37%) are people who live within the Greater Glasgow area.
It is believed that there are many more people living with the virus who are unaware of the fact. We can't be exact about how many, but it is likely the number of unknown cases exceeds the number of known cases several fold.
Of those people infected within Greater Glasgow, around 3420 were infected through injecting drug use. Other sources of infection include: through infected blood, from mother to baby at birth, accidental stabbing with infected needles, tattooing/piercing/acupuncture (via dirty equipment), sharing personal items with an infected person (eg razors, toothbrushes), having penetrative vaginal or anal sex without using a condom (although this is quite rare).
Of those people who were infected with Hepatitis C in Scotland through blood factor (ie through blood transfusion), they became infected prior to the time in the mid 1980s when heat treatment was introduced to eradicate bloodborne infection.