Why Newcastle's iconic Millennium Bridge will be lit up orange next week

The Millennium Bridge will glow orange on Friday
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Newcastle and Gateshead's Millennium Bridge will join towns and cities across the UK in lighting up orange to raise awareness for a rare genetic condition in Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS) next Friday (May 31). From dusk, the famous crossing will illuminate with an orange glow to support those affected by PWS, and to encourage people taking part in the 'Move It May' fundraiser to head to their nearest lit landmark to complete their journey.

Move It May sees people from all walks of life challenge themselves to cover a set distance through exercise - either swimming, cycling, running or any other form of movement. This year's challenge serves as a reminder that movement and exercise are vital to those affected by PWS, but also hugely beneficial to the whole of the UK.

This year, the entire Move It May community is trying to cover the number of steps it would take to walk between each orange landmark - which is a whopping 2,779km or 3.6million steps from Bournemouth to Dundee via Belfast, ending in London. Many involved in the challenge will end their journey at their local landmark, while sporting orange clothing in celebration of the contribution that the entire community has made.

As well as the Millennium Bridge, other landmarks to be lit up include Battersea Power Station, Cardiff Castle, Portsmouth’s Spinnaker Tower and York City Walls. PWS affects around 2,000 people across the UK, and is a rare complex genetic disorder which gives both men and women an overwhelming and uncontrollable desire to eat.

It can be life limiting, and can also cause learning and physical disabilities.

Jackie Lodge, CEO of PWSA UK and Catherine Shaw of FPWR UK, said: "This is a huge step for our PWS community. Our respective charities have, for the first time, come together for PWS awareness month and 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’."

For more information on Prader-Willi Syndrome, you can visit www.pwsa.co.uk or www.fpwr.org.uk.