Preston’s iconic Harris Museum is turning gold every evening during September for a heartbreaking reason.Advertisement
The grade-I listed building is one of monuments and landmarks across the UK showing their support for stopping childhood cancer.
Saul Chapman was a Lancashire boy who should still be with us today – and it is his legacy which sees the gold shine on the Harris and buildings across the country. He died aged nine after an 11 month battle with a rare and aggressive form of cancer.
Saul’s father, Toby, has written extensively about the emotional battle of discovering Saul’s disease and the upheaval it caused as his son fought the tumour.
And now the Chapman’s and other parents are doing something about it, working with Childhood Cancer Awareness month there are more than 100 buildings across the country glowing gold. The Harris is lighting up in support of all children with cancer.
Cabinet member for culture and leisure councillor Peter Kelly said: “I’m delighted the council and the Harris can support Childhood Cancer Awareness month by lighting up our iconic building. It seems a small way to get involved and raise awareness, but I’m hoping this will encourage others to Be Bold and Go Gold.”
Each building lighting up highlights just how much more needs to be done for all those children with cancer and their families who are helping care for them.
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Toby and Deborah Chapman have set up a fund-raising page in memory of Saul with the Children’s Cancer & Leukaemia Group Charity to help fund vital research into rare childhood cancers.
To donate £3 from your mobile simply Text CCLG 3 SAUL to 70300 or visit the page via http://www.cclg.org.uk/SuperSaulSquad