The Royal Hospital for Sick Children glows gold to raise awareness of childhood cancer

The Royal Hospital for Sick Children (RHSC) in Edinburgh will be glowing gold tonight (September 1) to raise awareness of childhood cancer.

The hospital will be lit up in support of the Glow Gold September campaign, which has been spearheaded by a group of parents to raise awareness of the symptoms of children’s cancer.
 
The golden illuminations will also act as an emotional tribute to all children lost to the disease.
 
The RHSC will join iconic landmarks and buildings in Scotland and across the UK, such as Edinburgh Castle, the Kelpies, the National Galleries of Scotland, Gateshead Millennium Bridge and Belfast Castle, when it lights up its external façade in gold from dusk until dawn.
 
Dr Edward Doyle, Associate Medical Director of the RHSC, said it was important to take part in the campaign, which could help save lives.
 
He added: “We are proud to support such a fantastic campaign. It’s important to raise awareness of childhood cancer and help everyone to recognise the symptoms sooner. The illuminations are also a wonderful way to remember those children that we have lost.”
 
Mum Pam Nielson, from Edinburgh, is one of the parents involved in the campaign. Her son Kai Laidlaw was treated at the RHSC for many years but sadly passed away last April.
 
She is pleased that the hospital is taking part in the campaign and hopes it will leave a lasting impression across the UK.
 
She added:  Since Kai spent so long in the RHSC it truly means a lot on a personal level to have NHS Lothian’s support.”
 
01/09/2016