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CEO blog – How we’re marking MASH’s 30th Anniversary by Annie Emery

Send us your memories and messages

This time 30 years ago MASH began, during the height of the HIV and Aids crisis.  A small team of dedicated volunteers were passionate about doing a little something to support women who were sex working in Manchester. Armed with condoms and flasks of hot brews, they showed up with kindness and smiles to support sex workers when no one else would. We’re still here 30 years later. An 18-strong team backed up by amazing volunteers, supporting women via our van our drop-in centre, our clinic and on outreach to be safer, healthier and thriving.

To mark this milestone in MASH’s history, we would love to hear from you with your messages or memories for MASH.

Our plan is to collect them together into a digital space which we’ll share publicly later this year so we can look back over our history. (So please let us know if you’d like this to be anonymous or just shared internally)

We’ll also be collating these messages to display in our centre and on our outreach van so that those who don’t have online access can see and celebrate how MASH has delivered our work over the last 30 years.

Would you like to leave us a message or share a memory? You can do so in the following ways.

  • Write to us at MASH Memories, 94-96 Fairfield Street, Manchester, M1 2WR
  • Email your message to
  • Share something in our Facebook Group here
  • Or share your message via activities at the MASH drop-in centre

Your message can take any form. A letter, video or audio message, piece of artwork, photograph or something else! We’re so looking forward to hearing from you.


Join our #MASH30for30 team!

We’re also getting a bit giddy here as it’s almost time for MASH’s 30 for 30 Challenge!

By taking part in September you can smash your goal, help us mark our 30th anniversary and raise vital funds for MASH to ensure we’re here for women as long as they need us.

Have you signed up yet? All you need to do is…

  1. Dream up your 30 for 30 challenge
  2. Set up your fundraising page on JustGiving
  3. Ask all your friends, family and colleagues to sponsor you
  4. Complete your 30 for 30 challenge with us during September

I have teamed up with my 6-year-old son, Billy to take on a new challenge on each of the 30 days of September! I may even be taking suggestions on Twitter if our fundraising total looks healthy enough… You can sponsor Billy and I here;

We’d be ever so grateful. Every donation gives us that extra burst of motivation

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