Some of the UK's most iconic landmarks glowing orange for Prader-Willi Syndrome

London’s Battersea Power Station along with over 38 landmarks across the country, is lit orange to help raise awareness of those affected by Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS), a campaign organised by Lottoland in support of its charity partner PWSA UK.
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Highlights of landmarks lighting up included Battersea Power Station, Cardiff Castle, Millenium Bridge in Newcastle, and York City Walls. Lasting from 8.30 PM till dawn across a total of 38 different locations, the illuminations served as a ceremonial close for Prader-Willi Awareness month in May.

Completing a set distance through physical activity was the challenge posed by the 'Move It May' campaign, which saw participants from all walks of life - including those with PWS - swimming, cycling, running, using wheelchairs or partaking in any other form of exercise. Overjoyed at the response and level of involvement, Nigel Birrell, the CEO of Lottoland, explained: "The Prader-Willi Syndrome Association is a charity very close to my heart and I've long been a supporter of the amazing work that they do."

"It's been so fantastic to see this many buildings around the country lighting up to raise awareness for PWS, we're really overwhelmed with the response. And on top of that, to have so many people coming together to move, walk, swim and even dance their way to over 2,700km is a huge achievement for the community, one they should be incredibly proud of."

Prader-Willi Syndrome affects approximately 2,000 people in the UK and is a rare complex genetic disorder that impacts both males and females from birth and throughout their lives.
Prader-Willi Syndrome affects approximately 2,000 people in the UK and is a rare complex genetic disorder that impacts both males and females from birth and throughout their lives. -Credit:SWNS

This served as a reminder of how critical movement and exercise are not only for those living with PWS but also for the wider nation. This year, in honour of the UK lighting up for Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS), the entire Move it May community has covered over 3.6 million steps, equivalent to walking between each orange landmark from Dundee to Bournemouth via Belfast.

PWS is a rare complex genetic disorder affecting approximately 2,000 people in the UK. It impacts both males and females from birth and throughout their lives, causing an overwhelming and uncontrollable drive to eat that can be life-limiting, as well as learning and physical disabilities. The 'Glow Orange' campaign was organised by Lottoland in support of its charity partner, PWSA UK and the Foundation for Prader-Willi Research UK. Throughout June, the company will match all donations made via its PWSA charity scratchcard, which launched earlier this year to help raise funds and awareness for the cause.

Jackie Lodge of PWSA UK and Catherine Shaw of FPWR UK issued a joint statement on the day, saying: "This is a huge step for our PWS community. Our respective charities have, for the first time, come together for PWS awareness month and thanks to Lottoland we have been able to make this even more special with the Glow Orange campaign. It is vitally important to raise awareness and funds to help our PWS community."

THE 38 BUILDINGS LIT UP IN ORANGE:

  1. Spinnaker Tower Portsmouth.

  2. Bridport Tower Clock -.

  3. Trowbridge Civic Centre.

  4. Bristol City Hall.

  5. Cardiff Castle.

  6. Swansea Guildhall.

  7. Old Joe Birmingham University campus.

  8. The Mersey Gateway Bridge.

  9. Belfast Castle.

  10. Ranfurly House Dungannon, Northern Ireland.

  11. The Burnavon - Cookstown, Northern Ireland.

  12. TheBridewell Magherafelt, Northern Ireland.

  13. Hamilton Town House Hamilton, Scotland.

  14. Caird Hall Dundee.

  15. Camera Obscura and World of Illusions Edinburgh.

  16. Millennium Bridge Newcastle.

  17. Penshaw Monument Penshaw, Tyne and Wear.

  18. Darlington Hippodrome.

  19. Middlesborough Town Hall and City lights.

  20. The Merrion House Leeds.

  21. York City Walls.

  22. C4DI building Hull.

  23. Bradford City Hall.

  24. Trinity Arts Centre Gainsborough.

  25. Green's Windmill and Science Centre Nottingham.

  26. Nottingham Council House.

  27. St Edmundsbury Cathedral Bury St Edmunds, Ipswich.

  28. Southend Civic Centre.

  29. Battersea Power Station.

  30. Liverpool Town Hall.

  31. Renfrew Town Hall Renfrew, Scotland.

  32. Paisley Town Hall Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland.

  33. Johnstone Town Hall Johnstone, Renfrewshire, Scotland.

  34. Bascule Bridge Renfrew, Scotland.

  35. Kings Mill Hospital Mansfield.

  36. Chesterfield Royal Hospital.

  37. Edinburgh International Conference Centre.

  38. Worcester Guild Hall.