Tuesday 31 March 2020
An East London Higher Education institute joined the nation in saluting the NHS and care workers dealing with the coronavirus pandemic by lighting up its building blue.
CU London, part of the Coventry University Group, lit up the former Dagenham Civic Centre blue as part of the ‘clap for carers’ tribute.
The tribute encouraged people to collectively take part in a nationwide applause to thank the NHS staff for their work to battle COVID-19.
CU London was illuminated blue – the colour of the iconic NHS logo – to get behind the event and show its support, and will continue to be lit as the pandemic continues.
It was excellent to see our building illuminated blue in support of the National Health Service.
We understand that the former Dagenham Civic Centre was originally opened in 1937 with a potential dual purpose in mind; that of a hospital.
It seems doubly appropriate therefore that this iconic building, which locals call 'the heart of Dagenham', signals Coventry University Group's support for our NHS at this crucial time.
We're all very proud to stand by the NHS, key workers and those providing the skills, services and support now recognised as essential.
All teaching, learning and assessment is now working well online, and CU London has more than 2,200 students and 200 staff playing their part in following Government advice in protecting themselves and the wider community.
I would like to give a special thanks to our facilities and security teams for making our show of support happen.