The National AIDS Trust, which recently announced it was seeking a huge increase in donations, is launching a fundraising drive.

The organisation is holding an event for London Design Week, a preview of late actress Natasha Richardson’s last film, The Wildest Dream, and will be the chosen charity for the Wig Party.

In June, the charity said it was in a “very difficult economic climate”. NAT only received £2,500 in individual monthly donations last year and hopes to raise this to £25,000 in the next 12 months.

It is one of the few national organisations focusing solely on HIV.

London Design Week starts next week and the NAT event, at Ligne Roset Westend, will be held on Friday. Guests will preview the Lignet Roset’s new collection and view recent works for the artist/printmaker Bill Pryde, with the full ticket price, raffle ticket sales and a percentage of all sales on the night being donated to NAT.

On Tuesday September 21st, the BFI Imax will hold a special preview screening of The Wildest Dream, starring Natasha Richardson. The actress, who died suddenly last year, was an NAT ambassador for ten years and all proceeds will go to the charity. A drinks reception will follow the film.

October sees the glamorous Wig Party at Cafe du Paris in west London. The event traditionally supports Crusaid but as the charity has now merged into Terrence Higgins Trust, NAT is this year’s chosen charity. The event will be held on Sunday October 10th with a theme of Wigs in Space.

NAT chief executive Deborah Jack said: “Fundraising is a real challenge at the moment but our work is more important than ever. There’s a real need to ensure that with cuts to public spending and radical changes afoot in the health service and benefits system, the needs of people living with HIV are understood – and not neglected.

“We’re delighted that so many partners have come on board to help us raise much-needed funds.”

For more information about each event and ticket prices, visit http://www.nat.org.uk/default.aspx