To mark World Neurofibromatosis Awareness Day on 17 May, Tendring District Council (TDC) will be lighting up Clacton Town Hall blue.
Neurofibromatosis (NF) is a genetic condition which sees an increased risk of tumours developing on the nerves. An umbrella term for three types of the condition, NF can affect people to differing degrees of severity.
This year marks the 40th anniversary of charity Nerve Tumours UK, which supports people with the condition,
The Town Hall – which includes the Princes Theatre – will be joining more than 130 other buildings nationally lighting up to mark the occasion; with around 400 locations across the world taking part in the Shine A Light on NF initiative, including with Nerve Tumours UK’s partner charities in the USA, Europe and Australia. Included among those is Clacton Pier.
Peter Harris, TDC Chairman, said he hoped that by lighting up the Town Hall there would be greater awareness of NF.
“This condition, or collection of conditions, affects more than two million people worldwide, so I am pleased to be playing a small part in raising awareness of it,” Councillor Harris said.
“Given it is the 40th anniversary of our national charity for this condition, it seems apt to be lighting up our Town Hall on this international awareness day.”