Mathematical Bridge, Cambridge Belfry and Emmanuel College turn blue for Clap for Carers
A poignant quote from Cambridge alumnus Stephen Fry was projected beside the Mathematical Bridge at Queens’ College as the #makeitblue focused on support for mental health as part of Clap for Carers.
Steeped in legend and one of the University of Cambridge’s most famous landmarks, the extract from a quote by the TV star, author and well-known mental health advocate read: “The more you encounter kindness, the better the world always is.”
The #ShineBright team of professionals from The Crane Event, JMPS, Pink Lamp, Blueshed, and JezO’s also recognised the many businesses that have offered solutions to help emergency services, with the Cambridge Belfry Hotel being lit up.
“We are honoured to be able to support our NHS here at the DoubleTree by Hilton Cambridge Belfry,” said David Rowley, general manager. “The hotel is providing complimentary meeting and training facilities every week, as well as offering a rest, relaxation and refreshment service 24 hours a day to ambulance crews and emergency services. In addition to this, the hotel is donating toiletries, essential supplies and sweets to the Rosie Hospital and Papworth Hospital.
“We are happy to be able to help in any way that we can, and are pleased to be able to show our support by lighting the hotel blue as a token of our appreciation.”
Emmanuel College has been highlighting the community feel that has kept their students together over the past few months.
Master of Emmanuel, Dame Fiona Reynolds, said: “Our college community has become stronger than ever, with our student union organising regular online yoga sessions, bake-off competitions, regular Zoom catch-ups with the Master, weekly film nights, and even pets dressed in Emmanuel jumpers.
“Students have praised our welfare officers for their efforts in fore-fronting mental health and wellbeing, and we’re delighted that all our members continue to be connected with us. Emmanuel is delighted to be able to be part of the #makeitblue campaign in Cambridge. We want to thank our key workers, carers and NHS staff, especially all our members of the college who are involved and contributing so much.”
Blue was also the colour at St Catharine’s College to show support for the NHS and key workers.
Kat Steer, communications manager, said: “We are delighted that St Catharine’s College is lit up in blue in tribute to the NHS and key workers. Our buildings will have been known to John Addenbrooke during his time at the college and St Catharine’s founded the hospital in Cambridge in his name.”
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