For the past week, both Ravelston House at The Mary Erskine School and Old College at Stewart's Melville College have been turned blue in support of our NHS but tonight, The Mary Erskine School will be lit up in all the colours of a rainbow at 8pm (Thursday, 7 May) to honour NHS staff and show their solidarity for those feeling lonely and isolated during lockdown.
Two Former Pupils, Matthew Beaton (21) and his brother Daniel (19) now work for an events company and they volunteered to use some of their event lighting equipment to help show their support for the NHS and the local community.
Daniel Beaton said 'My brother Matthew and I are both proud former pupils of ESMS. Due to the current government guidelines putting a stop to all events, events companies currently have large amounts of equipment sitting in warehouses doing nothing. We decided to use this opportunity to put our skills and contacts to support the NHS and send a message of hope to our community.'
21CC Productions, the AV & technical production side of Scottish based events management company 21CC Group Ltd, pitched in with the kit and equipment the brothers needed free of charge.
Geoff Crow, director of 21CC group said that '21CC Group and the #ThinkOthers campaign team are delighted to stand alongside ESMS, and to use our resources as a company to light up the Mary Erskine School in rainbow colours in an effort to bring a message of hope to those who need it most at this time. Consider it a statement of thanks to all key workers and to those working in the NHS from us.'
Linda Moule, Principal, ESMS, said 'Many people will be struggling during this time of isolation and we hope that our rainbow display will show our support for the NHS and help to lift the spirits of those out there who are feeling lonely and isolated.'
Photo credit: Thomas Haywood Photography