Sunderland landmarks bathed in orange light

Will Calvert’s great uncle, David Cook, arranged the dramatic switch-on of orange lights last Friday (12 February), as part of Muscular Dystrophy UK’s (MDUK’s) Go bright for the fight 2021 campaign. This was also to raise awareness for eight-year-old Will, who has Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

The orange lights illuminated the Penshaw monument, Fulwell Mill and Seaburn Park lighthouse.

The Go bright for the fight campaign invites people to wear their brightest clothes in February to raise funds and bring attention to muscle-wasting conditions. David said:

I wanted to shine a light on the condition to help raise awareness and funding for those who have muscular dystrophy. Some people may not even know what it is.

Will was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy in 2015. Susanne Driffield, MDUK Regional Development Manager said:

We can’t thank David Cook enough. It was really incredible. He did it to help fundraise to find a cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy, which Will has. The family has posted a wonderful video on their Facebook page explaining his condition and how it affects him.

The Calvert family, who launched their MDUK Family Fund, I’m In for Will four years ago, has so far raised £62,546. They are an amazing group to work with and incredibly popular in our community.


Will’s aunt, Angela Crossley Turnbull, has been fundraising through lockdown for I’m In for Will. She said:

Will is my nephew and that’s why I do it, to prolong his life and to ensure it is as comfortable as possible.



The full list of monuments to be lit up was: Penshaw monument, Hylton Castle, Keel Square, High Street West, Market Square, Fullwell Mill and lighthouse.



Watch I’m In for Will family’s video.