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About 1200 Lights

1200 Lights Rehersal at Blackburn Cathedral


Residents across the North West joined some of the region’s best known buildings by turning out their lights for one minute at 8.30pm on Thursday November 24th. The evening was held to support our 1200 Lights campaign, which aims to raise awareness of the need for more North West foster families. The event, which featured landmarks including Blackburn Cathedral, Manchester’s intu Trafford Centre, the Liver Building and the Macron Stadium as well as households across the North West, was organised to highlight the need for more than 1200 extra foster care places in the region this year.

The switch off was timed to coincide with the end of a fundraising concert at Blackburn Cathedral, which fell into darkness as the final note was sung.

As part of the campaign we are appealing for more people in the North West to sign up to be foster carers. Figures show that more foster carers are needed in the region than in any other part of the country, and almost as many as Yorkshire, Humberside and the North East put together. We hope the symbolic switch off will encourage more people to consider fostering and help to bring light into the lives of hundreds of children who are in need of a caring family.

Sue Cotton, CEO of CANW said: “The support we’ve had from the public and from some of the North West’s most well-known landmarks has been amazing, and we’d like to say a big thankyou to everyone who joined us for the 1200 Lights switch off.

“More than 1000 extra foster care places are needed right across the North West. That means a lot of children and young people are still waiting for a loving home. “We wanted to draw attention to this need by turning out the lights on homes and landmarks across the region.

“We’re all used to seeing the warm, welcoming light of home and of the well-known buildings in our hometowns at this time of year. By making them temporarily ‘vanish’ we wanted to encourage people to think about the light, comfort and hope of family that’s missing from many children’s lives.

“At a time of year when we’re looking forward to sharing happy times with family and friends we hope 1200 Lights will make people really stop and think about whether they can help a child by becoming a foster carer.”

Some of the region’s best loved buildings support 1200 lights!

On Thursday 24th November some of the regions best loved building have pledged their support for our 1200 Lights campaign including:

Blackpool Tower

Liver Building (Liverpool)

One Angel Square (Co-op Building, Manchester)

Blackburn Cathedral

Trafford Centre (Manchester)

Port of Liverpool Building

Bolton FC

St Chads Church, Poulton le Fylde (Blackpool)

Carlisle Cathedral

St Laurence’s Church, Chorley



A big thank you to all the schools who participated in our 2016 singing celebration at the Blackburn Cathedral on Thursday 24th November:

St Christopher’s

Norden High School

Blackburn Central

Darwen Vale

Salesbury Primary

Shadsworth Infant

St Andrews’s CE Primary – Oswaldtwistle

Lower Darwen Primary

St Pauls Feinscowles

St Bernards Primary Preston

Feinscowles Primary

Mount Pleasant



To buy tickets, or for more information contact CANW on tel 01254 244700