Portsmouth landmarks lit up for good cause

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PORTSMOUTH landmarks were lit up purple last night to raise awareness of World Prematurity Day.

The Spinnaker Tower, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and the city’s park and ride off the M275 showed the colour in support of the cause.

The day raises awareness of babies born fewer than 37 weeks into a pregnancy and the work done by neonatal staff each day.

Other buildings in the UK were lit up, including Blackpool Tower and Gateshead Millennium Bridge.

Councillor Ken Ellcome, Tory cabinet member for traffic and transport, said: ‘I am happy to be able to support World Prematurity Day and to take this opportunity to raise awareness for the great work neonatal staff do.’

Children’s charity Ickle Pickle’s co-founder Rachael Marsh said: ‘Seeing these places lit up a vivid purple for World Prematurity Day is just fantastic.’

Find out more about World Prematurity Day at icklepickles.org