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#ShineBright turns Cambridge blue for a final time by putting spotlight on Robinson, Newnham and Churchill Colleges and Granta Park

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Churchill College. Picture: Martin Bond, A Cambridge Diary (35513749)
Churchill College. Picture: Martin Bond, A Cambridge Diary (35513749)

The final chapter of Cambridge's #MakeItBlue campaign focused on some of the more modern colleges of the University of Cambridge and Granta Park.

In the ninth and last week of the initiative during lockdown, which has coincided with the Clap for Carers on a Thursday night, the #ShineBright team of The Crane Event, JMPS, Pink Lamp, Blueshed, and JezO’s have illuminated more than 20 of the city's most famous landmarks.

The venues were Robinson, Churchill and Newnham College, and Granta Park.

The first stop was Robinson College, where they were able to turn the distinctive red bricks blue.

Robinson’s Warden Prod, David Yates said “The Robinson College community has gone from strength to strength with everyone pulling together during this challenging time.

“Our teaching fellows are in regular touch with our students, the Robinson College Students’ Association is organising events online for all, and our chef has been donating surplus food items to the local church for distribution to those in our local community that find themselves in need.

Robinson College. Picture: Martin Bond, A Cambridge Diary (35513751)
Robinson College. Picture: Martin Bond, A Cambridge Diary (35513751)

“We are delighted to be part of the #MakeItBlue campaign in Cambridge. Well done to all involved in such a worthy initiative. We want to thank all our key workers, carers and NHS staff for their efforts and sacrifices. Thank you all.”

With the simple word ‘Forward’ being Churchill College’s motto, it is no surprise that they have been strong in keeping their community together while finding new ways to move on.

Professor Dame Athene Donald, master of Churchill College, said: “Community has taken on a whole new meaning in the last few months. At Churchill College, our community is currently scattered across the globe, but every day we share stories of our members who are united in doing their bit in the fight against Covid-19, whether its sewing face masks for colleagues who still need to work, shopping for elderly neighbours, volunteering for the NHS or doing vital research.

“The Churchill community spirit remains strong despite our dispersal; we are all learning the true meaning of community in these unprecedented times, and now, here at Churchill we are delighted to be part of the #makeitblue community, showing our gratitude to all of those on the front line who are making huge sacrifices every day. We thank you for all that you are doing.”

Newnham College. Picture: Martin Bond, A Cambridge Diary (35513753)
Newnham College. Picture: Martin Bond, A Cambridge Diary (35513753)

Newnham College lit up its Dorothy Garrod Building to highlight the hard work of everyone over the past few months.

Alison Rose, principal of the college said: “Newnham College is delighted to be part of the #makeitblue campaign in Cambridge. We want to thank our NHS staff, carers and key workers, and especially all those members of the college who are contributing so much in many different ways.”

Finally, the team headed out of the city centre, to the heart of the Cambridge science cluster, Granta Park.

Mike Russell, TWI's director of operations, said: “TWI is delighted to have the opportunity to demonstrate our support and gratitude for the amazing people of our NHS and essential support services, who have acted with such bravery and resilience during this extraordinary period.

"We are also grateful for the work of many colleagues at TWI in support of PPE systems, ventilator developments, running blood donor sessions and many other charitable and support activities. This challenge has brought the best out of our community in many areas and it is fitting to recognise all those involved via the light it blue campaign.”

Granta Park. Picture: Blueshed (35513755)
Granta Park. Picture: Blueshed (35513755)

Justin Crane, director of The Crane Event, one of the #ShineBright team, summed up the nine-week #MakeItBlue campaign.

“To echo what we said when we first started the campaign, our businesses have been affected greatly by the lockdown, but we wanted to bring some positivity to light.’” said Justin. “Pulling together a small team of event suppliers to bring a glow to some of Cambridge’s stunning architecture has been brilliant, but it’s come to a natural end.

“We hope, at the very least, it’s illuminated Thursday evenings for the Cambridge community.

“It’s given us a continued purpose in these uncertain times. The sense of community from the events world has solidified why we do what we do. We may be wrapping up Cambridge’s #ShineBright campaign for now, but keep your eyes open, you may well see us pop back for a few celebration evenings in the future.”

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