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Young Street lit up in blue for NHS

Published: 17 April 2020 at 08:00

ARU's Young Street building, lit up blue in support of the NHS. Photograph by Martin Bond

ARU health facility illuminated to support those battling on healthcare front line

Last night saw the third secret venue in Cambridge’s #LightItBlue campaign revealed as Anglia Ruskin University's Young Street building was illuminated in unison with the 8pm Clap For Carers movement to thank the NHS and all key workers for the fantastic work they are doing to help us all.

ARU’s Young Street building is a relatively new addition to the ever-changing face of Cambridge and houses the Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care providing teaching space for nursing, midwifery and other health courses.

Professor Nigel Harrison, Pro Vice Chancellor and Dean of the Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care at ARU, said:

“We are proud that our award-winning Young Street building, where many of the region’s NHS staff have been educated in recent years, will be illuminated for the Light it Blue campaign.

“It is an opportunity for ARU to pay tribute and to say thank you, to our NHS partners, whose courageous and compassionate staff, together with our students, are working so hard to fight against the coronavirus pandemic.”


This was organised for the third week by local event and lighting companies (The Crane Event, Pink Lamp and JMPS) the team behind illuminating King’s College, and Storeys Field Centre in previous weeks.  

Justin Crane, of The Crane Event, said:

“We were thrilled when ARU got in touch asking if we would colour them blue. The fact they have a dedicated nursing training building really hit home that they are the educational institutions that are preparing our frontline of tomorrow"


For the safety of all, the planning of this campaign was done from the organisers' homes, and the venue kept under wraps until the installation was removed. The team will illuminate another secret venue next week using the same strict precautions.


Photograph by Martin Bond