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Guildford Cathedral lights up to raise awareness of autism

Guildford Cathedral lights up to raise awareness of autism

Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 6:00am 31st March 2016. (Updated at 12:40pm 1st April 2016)

Guildford Cathedral will be seen in a different light later.

It's being lit up in blue for five consecutive nights from this evening (31st March) until Monday 5th April.

It's part of a campaign to raise awareness around autism.

The scheme is part of a United Nations initiative "Light it up Blue" which was launched back in 2007, and has grown since. 

Steven Morgan works at the JigSaw Trust in Surrey. He said: "There's a lot of, perhaps negative press, about what autism is."

"Some people with autism have immense abilities and skills and we need to recognise and celebrate that, so the more we can get out and do that, the better." 

"We're doing this because Saturday (2nd April) is World Autism Awareness Day and one of the initiatives is to light different buildings around the world up blue.

"It's just to get people to ask "Why is that building lit up blue?" and then that leads on to conversations about autism and just raising awareness of it really." 

 Light It Up Blue

Many iconic landmarks, hotels, sporting venues, concert halls, museums, bridges and retail stores are among the hundreds of thousands of homes and communities that take part to help shine a light on Autism.



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