University turns blue to say thank you to frontline heroes

The University of Cumbria showed their support and appreciation for the heroic efforts of frontline workers during the Covid-19 crisis by illuminating their campus blue.

The Grade II-listed Skiddaw building, on the Fusehill Street, in Carlisle, was lit up to coincide with Thursday evening’s 'final' clap for carers.

The building been a hospital itself in the past and is now helping future nurses, doctors and other health professionals qualify.

The university joined forces with JustBeamIt Lasers and SVL Lighting, who have been responsible for lighting up the city's cathedral, Carlisle Castle and Lowther Castle, near Penrith, in recent weeks.

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Professor Brian Webster-Henderson, professor of nursing and Pro Vice Chancellor at University of Cumbria, said: “Could there be a more fitting place for what could be their final #makeitblue illumination?

"It is where generations of local families were born and is now where our students, many of whom go on to work in nursing, health, education and other public services, ignite their passion and develop talents, skills and knowledge to become highly qualified and sought after professionals enriching and making a real impact in our communities."

Credit: University of Cumbria

Lee, from SVL Lighting, said: “We’ve decided that this is the last one of our #makeitblue projections and we wanted to finish on another very special building that has played a part in so many lives of people across Cumbria.

“The reaction of people so far is what has driven us since March to do these projections and we’ve done it free of charge to show support from the events industry.

"When staff have been going into the hospital for instance, they’ve been talking about how the display has been giving them such a buzz."