Edinburgh Buildings are Glowing Gold for Childhood Cancer Awareness

The Edinburgh Playhouse is one of the buildings glowing gold.

The Edinburgh Playhouse is one of the buildings glowing gold.

Glow Gold September in Edinburgh

A group of Edinburgh parents of children with cancer have got together with other parents and grandparents from around the UK and beyond, to try and make a difference and change the face of childhood cancer.

Glow Gold September is a childhood cancer awareness campaign to get iconic buildings and landmarks throughout the UK and the rest of the World to illuminate in gold during the month of September. Using the interest generated to spread the word on the early warning signs and symptoms.

Emma Barron, an Edinburgh mum of 10 year old Beau who has been on 4th line chemotherapy for progressive brain tumours says “Our aim at Glow Gold has been to ensure the colour gold becomes synonymous with childhood cancer and our awareness month September. We have been asking iconic buildings and landmarks to illuminate gold. And have been asking charities to work together to raise the profile of childhood cancer and improve awareness. We hope with the interest generated to disseminate the early warning signs and symptoms through the be child cancer aware and headsmart awareness cards”

11 children and young people are diagnosed with cancer in the UK every day. Of those over a quarter won’t survive the treatment and the vast majority will be left with lifelong side effects from the treatments that have changed little in the last 30 years.

Buildings glowing gold include:

  • The Edinburgh Playhouse (1st – 20th Sep)
  • Edinburgh Castle
  • Queen Victoria Statue at the Royal Scottish Academy at The Mound
  • Royal Bank of Scotland in St Andrew Square
  • Harvey Nichols
  • St Andrews House
  • The Scottish Executive
  • Wetherspoons, Standing Order
  • Royal Hospital for Sick Children
  • Waverley Bridge travel shop
  • Royal College of Physicians (1st – 4th Sep)

They will all be glowing gold from dusk til dawn on 1st September.


The organisers are encouraging people to take a selfie / ‘glowfie’ in front of a gold building and post to their Facebook page or tweet @glowgoldkids and tag your posts #glowgold #childhoodcancerawarenessmonth #CCAM.

St Andrew Square Light Installation

Luminations of Love is a light installation taking place in St Andrew Square, 1st – 8th September.

It is being switched on at 8.45pm, 1st September. Twelve beams of golden light will dance around the central column of the Melville Monument sending love up to the sky to remember those children lost to cancer.

There is a Facebook event page.

The Melville Monument glows gold in remembrance of those children lost to cancer.

The Melville Monument glows gold in remembrance of those children lost to cancer.

Lothian Buses

The excellent Lothian Buses are fully supporting this campaign and have donated a gold bus! They will be doing special tours for children affected by cancer on Sunday 4th September.

A golden Lothian Bus

A golden Lothian Bus

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