Blue sky thinking to show support for National Health Service

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

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.

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.