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Greenbridge roundabout to shine for good causes

The lighting display at the Greenbridge roundabout will be lit up in glorious technicolour over the next few weeks in support of a number of charities.

Published: Friday, 4th October 2019
Aerial photograph of the development of Greenbridge roundabout

From Tuesday (1 Oct) until 13 October, the lights on the roundabout will shine orange and blue to raise awareness of MND North Wilts, a charity which supports people with motor neurone disease.

Between 14 and 18 October the lights will be pink and blue in support of Baby Loss Awareness and from 19 October to the end of the month the lighting display will be turned red to raise awareness of Dyslexia for the Georgia Williams Trust.

On 4 November, the lights will be turned orange for CRPS Awareness (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome), then from 11 to 18 November, the final display will be for Breast Cancer Awareness week, when the lights will be turned pink.

During last year’s Remembrance period, the Council used the lights on the Greenbridge roundabout to create a red and green poppy effect as a shimmering tribute to the fallen.

And in February the lights were transformed into a twinkling rainbow to help Swindon and Wiltshire Pride celebrate LGBT History Month. A second rainbow display also take place in August to mark the week in which this year’s Swindon and Wiltshire Pride event was held.

The display has been made possible due to Affleck Electrical agreeing to waive the cost of programming the lights.

Councillor Maureen Penny, Swindon Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport and the Environment, said: “It’s a pleasure to be able to help charities and good causes raise awareness in this way, and I would like to thank Affleck Electrical for facilitating it.

“I think the lighting displays will be brilliantly eye-catching and I’m sure they will make the roundabout look very impressive indeed.”

Breast Cancer Now fundraiser Eunice Salmon said: “The supporters of Breast Cancer Now Swindon are honoured and excited that Affleck and Swindon Borough Council are turning the Greenbridge Roundabout pink once again.

“October is Breast Cancer Awareness month but the November date is of more significance to us. Not only will we be celebrating smashing the £1m target set by the group’s founder, Shirley Garman, we will be honouring her achievements and fondly remembering her, 10 years on from her death.”

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