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Schools and Community Groups to Shine a Little Light on the North!

Little Lighthouse

CLAN Cancer Support, the north-east’s leading cancer support and wellbeing charity, is looking for schools and community youth groups to get involved in the Little Lights Education Programme. The education programme, which will run alongside the Light the North lighthouse trail, gives young people across the north-east, Moray, Orkney and Shetland the opportunity to get creative and help their school or group design a little lighthouse to be featured on the trail.

CLAN’s Head of Cancer Support Services, Iona Mitchell, said, “We’re delighted to offer schools and youth groups the opportunity to get involved in our lighthouse trail. Not only will they get to design and keep their own little lighthouse, the Little Lights Education Programme provides participating schools with a creative learning resource, which teaches them about the history of lighthouses, the region’s strong links to the sea, and cancer and mental wellbeing.”

“Every school community is affected by cancer in some way and we want to support people to give them the tools to approach this difficult subject. Talking and learning about cancer is a clear way to help a school community remain a supportive, understanding and open environment for both staff and students.”

CLAN’s event partner, Wild in Art, is excited about the prospect of exhibiting young people’s artistic talent through their little lighthouses. Charlie Langhorne, Wild in Art co-founder and managing director, said, “As well as raising funds for CLAN, Light the North also offers a simple way to encourage conversations about cancer, mental and physical wellbeing. All while making memories that can be cherished for years to come.

“The Education Programme provides schools and groups with a creative project that helps explore these topics and highlights the support that’s available. The little lighthouse sculptures give children and young people an opportunity to showcase their creativity on a high-profile sculpture trail and raise awareness of the issues that are important to them. We can't wait to see the results!”

To be part of the Little Lights Education Programme, please register your interest by visiting www.lightthenorth.co.uk, by calling 01224 647000 or email lighthousekeeper@clanhouse.org. Applications close at 5pm on Friday 31th January 2020.

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