ON Friday Cowdenbeath Leisure Centre staff wore red ribbons to help raise awareness for World AIDS Day.

By wearing the ribbons, the staff were able to show their support for people living with HIV, help reduce the stigma and commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness.

Local Councillor, Darren Watt, said: “I am very proud of the board, senior management and Centre staff for showing their support on this important day. There are over 100,000 people living with HIV in the UK and despite medical advances and better understanding, the stigma and discrimination still remain in our society.

"Over 6,000 people are diagnosed with HIV every year because they don’t know the facts about how to protect themselves or others. Hopefully, thanks to the support and passion shown by Cowdenbeath Leisure Centre staff, we have done our bit to increase awareness and are a step closer to stamping out the stigma”.