A London HIV charity for black and ethnic minority people is facing closure unless it can raise £75,000 by the end of this month.

The Naz Project, set up 20 years ago, says it is now at a “make or break” point and has been hit hard by the recession.

The charity has raised £3,000 already but says this is not enough to keep it afloat.

Chief executive Bryan Teixeira told DIVA magazine: “We are asking our supporters to invest in sustaining one of the premier BME [black and minority ethnic] sexual health and HIV organisations in the UK. And we need that investment now.

“While other sectors get bailouts, specialist charities like NPL that are addressing the ever-widening gap in health inequalities in our ‘Big Society’ must not be left to go to the wall.

The charity is funded by a range of sources, including the Department of Health, the Big Lottery Fund and and range of trusts and foundations.

It spends the vast majority of its income on charitable activities. Last year, it had an income of £890,093, of which it spend £842,000 on charitable activities.

The Naz Project is asking people to donate through the Virgin Money website.

Go to the website http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/nplurgentappeal and search for Naz Project London.