Buildings all over Greater Manchester will be blue-lit this Thursday to show support for the British health service during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The #lightitblue campaign is encouraging every major building to participate and fill their windows with blue colour in a united demonstration of respect and admiration for the NHS.
Companies are being told to flip the switch and beam their blue lights out to the world on Thursday 26 March at 8pm.
Thursday 26th at 8pm #Manchester will be lighting-up blue to show our support for @NHSEngland @NHSNW #NHS ?— ManchesterBID (@ManchesterBID) March 25, 2020
Businesses, if you can light your buildings please do & share with #LightItBlueMCR#NHSThankYou@MENnewsdesk @CityLifeManc @marketing_mcr @ManCityCouncil @OfficialTfGM pic.twitter.com/qhSW0muU56
Business owners are joining together to prepare a nationwide illumination of landmarks and historic buildings, with the campaign already receiving support from major venues such as the O2, Royal Albert Hall and Royal Opera House.
Organisers stated: "The events and entertainment industry finds itself in an unprecedented state of enforced inaction.
"The best thing we can do, apart from staying home and looking after our families, is to send out a massive thank you to all of the healthcare professionals who are going to be risking their own health to save people made seriously ill by the COVID-19 pandemic.
"Our industry leaders also feel a responsibility for the mental health of countless employees who are feeling anxious and confused about the future. We believe that the #lightitblue campaign will galvanize their enthusiasm and pride in a mass gesture of solidarity."
If you can't light up your work premises or home, you can switch your social media banners and logos to blue; sharing images with the hashtag #LightItBlueMCR so the message spreads far and wide.
Let's show the NHS that we are with them every step of the way.
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