Ecotricity’s Green Park wind turbine will be joining some of the UK’s best loved national landmarks and bathed in purple light to raise awareness of pancreatic cancer.
The 120-metre tall wind turbine, which generates enough electricity for around 1,000 average British homes every year, is an unmissable landmark for hundreds of thousands of motorists travelling up and down the M4 every day.
It will be bathed in purple light on Thursday 17 November between 6.30 and 10.00pm, joining other prominent national landmarks across the UK to raise awareness of pancreatic cancer in the Purple Lights campaign.
Green Park is home to a diverse range of businesses set in 195-acres of landscaped grounds, offering a wildlife-rich environment. It is the UK’s only business park to hold the Wildlife Trust’s Biodiversity Benchmark award. The Ecotricity wind turbine is visible across the park and the wider local community.
Rory Carson, Green Park’s Director-Asset Manager, said: “We’re thrilled that the Green Park wind turbine will turn purple. The turbine is, in many ways, a symbol of our approach at Green Park: while providing a home for many dynamic businesses, we take seriously our responsibility to the environment. We’re looking forward to seeing the colour change and we’re delighted to be playing a part in helping to raise awareness of this awful disease.”
Over 9,000 people in the UK are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer each year. Sadly, just 5% of those diagnosed survive five years or more, and despite being the UK’s fifth biggest cancer killer, the disease receives just 1.6% of UK cancer research funding.
Purple Lights is part of a national campaign ran by Pancreatic Cancer Action, Pancreatic Cancer UK, Core, Operation Henry and Pancreatic Cancer Scotland.
The driving force behind colouring the Green Park turbine purple is Jason Nash, managing director of APS Ltd, a Thames Valley lighting and event production company, following the death of his father-in-law from pancreatic cancer.
Jason said: “We are delighted to be raising awareness of this dreadful disease by taking part in the Purple Lights for pancreatic cancer campaign. We hope that by lighting up the Ecotricity wind turbine at Green Park in purple we will help put a spotlight on a disease that many people still know so very little about.”
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