As Wandsworth carries on clapping for our carers
On Thursday evening Battersea Power Station’s chimneys were lit up in NHS blue as part of a ‘Clap For Our Carers’ event showing residents’ support and appreciation for the ongoing hard work and sacrifices made by NHS staff and carers fighting the Covid-19 outbreak.
The Power Station’s iconic chimneys have previously been used to support national causes. For the last two years they have been lit up green for the NSPCC’s Christmas Appeal ‘Light For Every Childhood’.
The chimneys we see today at the Power Station are actually replicas of the 1930s constructions. The original chimneys had to be demolished as part of the site’s redevelopment as they were deemed unsafe after decades of not being used since the Power Station stopped generating electricity in 1983. The new chimneys - which were completed in 2017 and lit up a calming white to ensure residents’ sleep was not disturbed – were rebuilt using the same construction technique as when they first came to prominence on the London skyline in the 1930s.
In addition to the lighting up of London landmarks such as The Shard and Tower Bridge, across the borough of Wandsworth neighbours have gathered on doorsteps every Thursday at 8pm for appreciative clapping and, often, a spirits-boosting community sing-a-long. And local children have set time aside from home-schooling to decorate their windows with rainbows spreading messages of hope for brighter times.