The UK’s largest hospital - the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital 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.
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde got involved last year 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.
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 hope with the interest generated to disseminate the early warning signs and symptoms through the ‘be child cancer aware’ and ‘headsmart’ awareness cards.”
As well as the QEUH, the Royal Hospital for Children is also supporting the campaign with a golden ribbon display within the main atrium.
This is the second year both the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital and the Royal Hospital for Children has supported the campaign which highlights how childhood cancer affects those diagnosed and their families.
Kevin Hill, NHSGGC’s Director of Women and Children said: “This is a fantastic cause and we are delighted to be involved in raising awareness of childhood cancers.
“Children diagnosed with cancer spent a lot of time in our care and providing them and their families with both emotional and physical support is extremely important.
“We have a number of children being treated in the Royal Hospital for Children and 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.”
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