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Coronavirus: King's College, Cambridge is turned blue to show support for the NHS and key workers




King's College is turned blue to show support for key workers. Picture: The Crane Event (32907365)
King's College is turned blue to show support for key workers. Picture: The Crane Event (32907365)

King’s College turned blue to salute key workers on the frontline in the battle against the coronavirus pandemic.

Alongside the Clap for Carers campaign to recognise NHS staff and key workers, a #LightItBlue and #MakeItBlue initiative has been running.

It has seen the Royal Albert Hall, the Angel of the North and The Shard among other famous buildings and sculptures illuminated.

Justin Crane, owner of The Crane Event, a Cambridge-based event agency, had the idea to include King’s College in the campaign.

“Having found that our business was essentially put on hold overnight, we looked at what we could do to not only fill our time constructively, but also bring some positivity around the city,” said Justin.

“Luckily, our business involves setting up events all around the world, so speaking to the right people and discussing the successful and safe delivery via video calls really wasn’t an issue.

“We’d like to thank the King’s College team who have been incredibly welcoming of the project.”

Pink Lamp, an event production company, provided the technical know-how.

Managing director Charlie Evans said: “I am really pleased The Crane Event asked us to be involved in the #makeitblue project. It’s the least we can do to show our appreciation for the powerhouse that is the NHS.

“I’m looking forward to illuminating some key buildings in Cambridge. We are using a skeleton crew and will be following the government guidelines to ensure we are all kept safe but are still able to support such a great idea.”

Professor Michael Proctor, Provost, King’s College, said: “We are delighted that King’s College Chapel, one of the world’s most iconic buildings, was lit up in NHS blue as part of the Cambridge community’s tribute to our incredible NHS workers, and all those who do so much in public service.

“Along with millions across the country, we thank and salute every one of them.”

King's College is turned blue to show support for key workers. Picture: The Crane Event (32907363)
King's College is turned blue to show support for key workers. Picture: The Crane Event (32907363)

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