In what’s been an extraordinarily tough 12 months plus, we wanted to bring a little extra light to communities to brighten peoples’ day.
We had a special lantern designed and produced for us by Dizzy Ink in Nottingham, featuring illustrations by Grace Barnes. Some 3000 were hand screen-printed and made into make-at-home kits for us to distribute.
Light Up came about as a way to come together (as best we can) and celebrate community – something, we’re sure you’ll agree, that’s especially important right now. The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic meant we had to change our plans.
Working with schools and care homes
The idea is that people across the community receive a lantern, accompanied by a message of hope to others, either as a poster or personalised message.
During March and April 2021 we’ve teamed up with schools and care homes in and around Leamington, Ashfield, Bellamy Road in Mansfield, South Normanton, Bolsover and Clay Cross in North East Derbyshire to help brighten the day of other community members including care home residents.
If you’re out and about if one of these areas, look out for the lovely lanterns in windows. And if your child has been given a lantern to take home, you can find out more about what to do below.