Blue sky thinking to show support for National Health Service

Posted by pt91 at Jul 04, 2018 10:36 AM |
University of Leicester joins national Light Up in Blue campaign for NHS70 on 5 July

Issued by University of Leicester on 4 July 2018

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The University of Leicester will be backing the blue this week as it lights up its flagship medical building in celebration of 70 years of the National Health Service.

The George Davies Centre, named in honour of the founder of high street brands including Next (based in Leicestershire), will be bathed in blue light from 24 specially fitted LED lamps from 9:30pm on Thursday 5 July. The home of the University’s Medical School, Department of Health Sciences and School of Psychology, this innovatively-designed building aptly represents the strong association between the University and local healthcare.

To help mark the NHS’s 70th birthday, buildings, historic monuments and other high profile sites across the country will be ‘lighting up’ blue on the evening of Thursday 5 July.

People are encouraged to take photos and share them via social media using the hashtags: #NHS70 and #LightUpBlue.

Opened in November 2017, the University’s George Davies Centre represents the largest investment in medical teaching and applied research by a UK university in the last decade.

The £42 million building, which incorporated investment from the University of Leicester and an ambitious fundraising appeal, is a state-of-the-art, multi award-winning building that is the largest non-residential building in the UK to meet the Passivhaus Certification for sustainability and energy performance.

Professor Philip Baker, Head of the College of Life Sciences at the University, said: “We’re really pleased to be one of many Leicester organisations taking part in this fantastic campaign, literally highlighting the central role that the NHS plays in our communities. Here at the University of Leicester, we have trained thousands of doctors and are now extending our educational endeavour to training nurses, midwives, physiotherapists and operating department practitioners. After 70 years, the relationship between the NHS and our universities is as strong as ever, and long may it continue.”

It forms part of a host of activities by the University celebrating the NHS and the long association that it has had with universities.

The University is inviting everyone to join them and the local NHS Trusts on Saturday 7 July from 11.00am-3.00pm for a family fun day. The University of Leicester campus will be alive with music performances, science experiments, children’s activities and more – all showcasing the work and achievements of the NHS.

Members of the public can discover what more they can do to look after their health and wellbeing with talks about nutrition and child health and safety from Leicestershire Partnership Trust (LPT), diabetes checks from the Leicester Diabetes Centre, meet the emergency services and look inside their vehicles, and doctors and experts from Paediatrics and the Children’s Hospital on hand to answer questions. Children can build their confidence with doctor’s visits by bringing their favourite stuffed toys for a mini-health check by medical students at the Teddy Bears Clinic – and perhaps have one themselves.

Leicester City Football Club looks forward to underlining its relationship with the University and local NHS Trusts by hosting a stand at this event. Try your hand at inflatable penalty shoot-outs, and meet Filbert Fox himself (2-3pm).

Everyone can boost their skills with defibrillator training by Leicester University Community First Responders, Paediatric first aid demonstrations from LPT, CPR training from HeartWize, juicing and smoothie demonstrations from Together Against Cancer, and relaxation and well-being in children workshops from the Wellbeing Crew.

All this with entertainment for all ages, including music from STARS Youth Choir, Look-a-lady Ukulele, Irish dancing, science demonstrations, bouncy castles, arts and crafts, Bambino Disco for little ones, a climbing wall for older children, and Alice in Wonderland characters in attendance.

Local Leicester charities will also be represented, including Rainbows Children's Hospice, Children's Cancer Leukaemia Group, Leicester Hospitals Charity Children's appeal, Way of the Horse Therapeutic Centre, LAMP (Leicester Action for Mental Health Project) and Leicester Marrow Society.

The official NHS70 celebration date is Thursday 5 July but the University will be running activities throughout the year to mark the 70 years.

Entry is free, but visitors will be asked to donate towards the two local NHS charities Raising Health and Leicester Hospitals Charity. Free parking will be available in the Welford Road car-park.

To get an idea of numbers, attendees are encouraged to register their interest:

For more information, please contact Dr Danni Benyon-Payne,


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