The UK’s largest hospital - the Queen Elizabeth in Glasgow - will be glowing gold throughout September in support of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month (CCAM).
The campaign was set up by parents and grandparents of children with cancer who want to make a difference and raise awareness of the illness. Glow Gold September will see over 190 iconic buildings throughout the UK and worldwide illuminated in gold during the month of September, including the LAX Airport, Niagara Falls and Edinburgh Castle.
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde got involved after being approached by Pam Neilson, whose son Kai Laidlaw fought a brave battle with infant acute lymphoblastic leukaemia at the Royal Hospital for Children. As well as the QEUH, the Royal Hospital for Children is also supporting the campaign with a golden ribbon display within the main atrium.
Pam said: “Our aim at Glow Gold has been to ensure the colour gold becomes synonymous with childhood cancer and our awareness month September. We have been asking iconic buildings and landmarks to illuminate gold and are proud to have over 190 supporting our campaign. We have also been asking charities to work together to raise the profile of childhood cancer and improve awareness. We hope with the interest generated to disseminate the early warning signs and symptoms through the ‘be child cancer aware’ and ‘headsmart’ awareness cards.
Pam added: “Most venues will be glowing gold on the evening of the 1st from dusk until dawn in tribute to the children and families affected by childhood cancer, past and present. For more information see pagewww.facebook.com/GlowGoldSeptember, twitter @glowgoldkids or www.glowgoldseptember.com. Please join us in glowing gold and please upload your photos using #glowgold #CCAM #childhoodcancerawarnessmonth, we can’t wait to see them. We can’t change what happened to Kai and our family but we are determined to improve the future for others.”
Kevin Hill, NHSGGC’s Director of Woman and Children said: “This is a fantastic cause and we are delighted to support Kai’s parents and others in raising awareness of childhood cancers. Kai spent a lot of time in our care so it’s fitting that the Queen Elizabeth – a new but already iconic building in the city – should glow gold in support of the campaign.”