Harrogate firm proud of role in stunning NHS Nightingale Hospital light-up
A Harrogate business says it is hugely proud of its role when the new NHS Nightingale Hospital was lit up in blue last week as part of a spectacular visual tribute to key workers.
Among the businesses supporting the lighting up of the new emergency unit at Harrogate Convention Centre during last week's amazing appreciation was local firm Lights4fun.
Based at Hornbeam Park, the company's co-founder and director, Jo Naughton, said it had been delighted to donate the lighting for 12 trees surrounding the hospital in such a moving "symbol of solidarity and hope.”
Jo Naughton, said: “It was a very proud moment for Lights4fun to be getting behind the NHS and showing support in this way.
"No one could have ever imagined that one of the most well-known landmarks in our town, which should be used to gather people together with a common interest, will now be used to save thousands of lives.
"It's a moment in history that will be with us forever. It is just a few fairy lights, but ultimately it’s a symbol of solidarity and hope”.
Working with Harrogate Borough Council, Harrogate's Lights4Fun provided 720m of blue lights to illuminate the 12 trees surrounding the new hospital which is set to provide 500 extra beds for patients during the coronavirus crisis.
The big switch-on last Thursday was planned to coincide with the clapping of appreciation for the NHS and key workers and was part of a national scheme to light up iconic venues for #LightItBlue.
Kieran Eblett, managing director of Lights4fun,s aid: “It feels good to help. We are all in this together and it was a simple way to get behind the movement and show appreciation for what the NHS is doing for us”.
Another new trend growing across the country is members of the public re-purposing their Christmas lights and putting them back up again in their own visual tribute to NHS staff.
Increasingly, they are using the hashtag #shinealight
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